In This Issue:
Ratings, Codes and Programs
Membership and Outreach
The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) is proud to inform our participants that the 2009 membership and licensing renewals will be processed online! By providing you the opportunity to update company information online and download your invoice, the renewals process will be expedited and will help CRRC reduce paper waste. The primary contacts for each company will be given the URL and password to log-in by early December, providing sufficient time for you to go through the renewal process by the end-of-year deadline.
Following the CRRC’s accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an Accredited Standards Developer, the Board of Directors formed a Standards Committee to canvas the CRRC-1 Standard and prepare it to be submitted as an American National Standard. The Standards Committee has reviewed the list of interested parties to serve on the Consensus Body and selected members to ensure that all stakeholder groups will be represented and that no area of interest dominates. Members were recently contacted and will serve on the committee for the duration of the review process.
The CRRC recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. Thinking of these successful past 10 years made us realize that it would be an opportune time to plan for our next 10! Therefore CRRC is embarking on a Strategic Plan to help guide us through another outstanding 10 years.
The CRRC Strategic Planning Committee includes the following individuals:
Don Portfolio, PRI Construction Materials Technologies (CRRC AITL)
The Committee kicked off the planning process in mid-September and hopes to have the plan ready to share with members and the public by Spring 2009, pending approval by the CRRC Board of Directors. The CRRC welcomes all thoughts and contributions to further enhance our strategic planning process. Many members had provided input through the survey conducted earlier this year, but if you have any additional recommendations or questions please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientist and CRRC member, Hashem Akbari (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) along with Surabi Menon and Art Rosenfeld (California Energy Commission) recently published an article in the journal of Climatic Change called, “Global Cooling: Increasing Worldwide Urban Albedos to Offset CO2.”
The CRRC Board of Directors has approved a new research project to study the impact of changes in the Devices and Services (D&S) reflectometer. The D&S reflectometer is used to measure the solar reflectance in accordance with ASTM C1549. Last year, the manufacturer announced that there is a small error in one of the reflectometer sensors. An upgrade is currently under development that will correct this error. The planned research project will study the difference between solar reflectance measurements made with the old device and the corrected device.
The CRRC Technical Committee will meet Monday, November 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Boston, MA held in conjunction with the USGBC’s Greenbuild tradeshow. The Technical Committee will hear presentations on a number of topics, including:
For more information (including a draft agenda), please visit: http://coolroofs.org/MeetingsNovember2008.html.
Ratings, Codes and Programs
The International Code Council-Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) released a public draft of guidelines to determine the radiative properties of cool roofing materials. This is part of a new program in which ICC-ES is developing verification reports on the sustainable attributes of products (see their press release).
In April of this year, CRRC submitted comments regarding the ASHRAE/USGBC Green Building Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. In late May, CRRC received a letter from the ASHRAE Special Projects Committee confirming acceptance of the submitted comment and as a result a reference to the CRRC will be included in the Informative Appendix F.
Membership and Outreach
The CRRC Welcomes George Malek, of Commonwealth Edison, as a new Class B Member of the Board of Directors! The Board appointed Mr. Malek to fill a vacant position on the Board at their meeting on September 5th, 2008.
Staff attended the annual West Coast Green September 25 to 27 at the San Jose Convention Center located in Silicon Valley. There were over 14,000 attendees and nearly 700 booths with green building products, technologies, and services. The CRRC booth had a lot of interaction with architects, developers, home owners, green building professionals, city code officials, contractors, teachers, students and homeowners.
The CRRC is providing signs for our Licensees to display at tradeshows to highlight their CRRC rated products. Licensees can place the sign anywhere in their tradeshow booth. It will read, “See our CRRC rated products at coolroofs.org.” The signs are 18”x 18” and are made of “fast foam” board, a 3/16” biodegradable foam core, which is formulated with 15% recyclable content and “bio resins”. These bio resins cause the discarded foamboard to break down in a landfill or bacteria rich environment in one to five years, whereas regular foamboard can take 80 to 450 years.
Greetings to all CRRC members!
A warm welcome to our newest board member George Malek. I am looking forward to having George join us in Boston and to chairing my first in-person board meeting. We have a full agenda of exciting topics to discuss.