Attendees at 2017 Member Meeting

Annual CRRC Membership Meeting and Dinner

The Annual Membership Meeting is a yearly tradition where CRRC members come together to hear about the latest industry research and CRRC activities; provide input on direction and cast votes for the Board of Directors; and socialize with fellow members and staff. The CRRC hosts a series of guest presenters and provides technical, program, and administrative updates. 

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2017 Guest Presentations

The 2017 meeting featured the following guest presentations. Please find presentation slides on our Articles & Presentations page.

Roofing in LEED: v4 Rating System Updates

Theresa Backhus, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Roofing systems are an important component of high-performing buildings. From energy conservation, to habitat creation, to open space opportunities, to stormwater management, roofs have a large impact on a project’s ability to achieve LEED certification. This presentation will provide an overview of how roofing is addressed in the newest version of LEED, v4, compared to previous versions of the rating system. We will also examine how roofing requirements relate to other sustainability rating systems in the market, such as SITES and PEER. 

Field Evaluation of Energy-Efficiency Technologies for Steep-Slope Roofs

Kaushik Biswas, PhD, Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Buildings currently use about 40% of the nations energy pie.  To change this trend, buildings need to substantially reduce their energy footprint. At this point, many buildings can use renewable technologies to reduce their net energy consumption to zero - the concept of a zero energy building.  This talk will look at the definition of zero energy buildings, trends in the industry, and market leaders who deliver and own these next generation buildings. Processes for procurement and strategies to achieve these lofty goals will be discussed.

Learnings and Insights from the NYC °CoolRoofs Initiative

Ahmed Chaudry, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) 

New York City launched the NYC °CoolRoofs program in September, 2009 as a volunteer-based initiative to install reflective, white coating on rooftops that can lower building energy consumption, help reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). Since then, the program has coated over 6.7 million square feet of rooftops and has evolved to become a professional development training that supports local jobseekers through a paid and transitional work-based learning experience. This presentation will provide an overview of the program, highlighting New York City’s public investment in cool roofs to advance its workforce development, sustainability, and resiliency goals; alongside a more in-depth look into the program’s community outreach and building owner engagement strategies.

Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies

Larry Kalkstein, PhD, University of Miami

Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, and with the prospect of a human-induced climate change, the risk of heat-related health problems may increase even further.  For this reason, climate scientists, environmentalists, and urban planners are promoting “cool cities solutions”, including the incorporation of reflective materials in roofing, to cool vulnerable urban areas to temperatures that are below the threshold of most heat/health problems.  Our research group is involved in the estimation of how the implementation of such solutions might cool the urban environment, and potentially how many lives can be saved within the urban area.