Using smog-reducing roofing shingles from Malarkey Roofing Products®, Premo Roofing Company, Marina, California, was recently awarded the Air Quality Leadership Award by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District for their leadership in local air quality improvement. Through the award, the Monterey Bay Air Resources District believes it is important to recognize individuals, organizations, and companies who demonstrate leadership by their actions in ensuring good air quality. The Monterey Bay office is specifically interested in local and regional Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. Reducing NOx emissions is crucial for reducing ozone formation for the area, which is also impacted by NOx emissions from the upwind San Francisco Bay Area and San Joaquin Air Basins.
Each roof installed by Premo roofing has 3M™ Smog-reducing Granules that help clean the air of NOx. On average, Premo Roofing installs two Malarkey roofs per week, which is equivalent to roughly 260 trees helping clean the air in communities across the Monterey Bay annually. Integrated throughout the shingle’s surface, 3M’s roofing granules are designed with a specialized photocatalytic coating applied to the base mineral. The specialized coating on the granule is activated by the sun’s UV rays, while blending inconspicuously into various shingle color combinations. When sunlight hits the shingles containing the smog-reducing granules, radicals are generated and transform NOx gases into water-soluble ions, which improves air quality.