thermal tilesEver wished your roof would change color through out the day and seasons? Well, that day may not be too far off.

There has been a lot of studies about how black roof tiles are great for the winter as they help retain the heat, but in the summer, well, they retain the heat. There has been some talk from the government of requiring homes to have white roofs to help with energy consumption and climate change, but what if you could have the best of both worlds all year long without changing your roof each season?

The Inquisitr points out an experiment at MIT that has created Thermally-Activated tiles that react to temperature.  The colder it gets, the blacker they become.  Things starting to heat up?  The tiles will turn to white and help cool the house done be reflecting away the heat.  Named Thermeleon by the students, they say that the white coloring will reflect 80 percent of the sunlight that hits it, while the black coloring only reflects 30 percent.  Reportedly this would result in a 20 percent reduction in cooling costs in the summer.

There is no word on marketing or pricing these new roofing tiles, but it seems like the perfect solution to us for a number of problems in the house building market.

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