Cool Roof Challenge – Kigali Efficiency Program is a research developed by Beta Paramita Lecturer of Architecture Faculty of Technology and Vocational Education (FPTK) Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Graduated from Doctoral Program at the University of Kitakyushu Japan, Beta Paramita is an active researcher in various professional organizations such as RDI (Research Resilience Initiative) which focuses on community, change, environment and sustainable development as well as the Association of Indonesian Building Performance Simulation.
The research project titled Million Cool Roof Challenge was supported by Kigali Efficiency Program. Basically, this research project is the production of coating which can be used on the roof as well as on the walls to reflect the heat of the sun so that the surface of the roof and the area underneath the coating remains cold. This research project was developed to spread the cold roof to reduce the phenomenon of Urban Heat Island in cities with high daily temperatures in Indonesia. The scope of this project has covered 50,000m2 of roof area of several buildings in the city of Tangerang, Jakarta, Jepara, Manado, Pontianak, Kupang, Pamengpeuk and Cikelet-Kab.Garut,and Ciheras-Kab.Tasikmalaya. They type of the buildings covered includes industrial buildings (factories), residential (MBR houses), mosques, elementary schools and government offices.
As a project manager, Beta Paramita developed her research project under the Technology and Materials Science Lab of the Faculty of Technology and Vocational Education (FPTK) of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia in collaboration with the University of Florida and Millennium Solution, United States of America (USA).
Currently, the Cool Roof Challenge – Kigali Efficiency Program project serves the sale of paint products with a painted area range of more than 1000m2, roof coating consultation for a large scale of more than 1,000m2, building performance measurements include thermal performance, sick building syndrome and optimization of energy use for industries, offices and communities.