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In This Issue:

General Updates

Online Renewals — December 2008

Consensus Body Review of CRRC–1 Standard

10 Year Strategic Plan Update

CEC and LBNL Article — Global Cooling

Technical Update

Reflectometer Research Announcement

Upcoming Technical Committee Meeting: November 17, 2008

Ratings, Codes and Programs

ICC-ES Guidelines — Solar Reflectance Index & Thermal Emittance

ASHRAE Green Building Standard 189.1P Accepts CRRC Comments

Membership and Outreach

New Board Member: George Malek

CRRC at West Coast Green September 2008!

Use a CRRC Sign at Your Tradeshow Booth!

General Updates

Online Renewals- December 2008

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.

The online database will reflect the current information we hold for each company, so please make any appropriate updates during the renewals period. Below are a few screenshots of how our online database will look- the process has been designed to be very user-friendly.

Please note: The CRRC is not accepting credit card payments. We hope to be able to do this in the future, however for 2009, renewal dues must be paid by check.

If there are any questions, or, if you are interested in testing our system and providing feedback and suggestions for an advance demo version, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Phu at kathleen@coolroofs.org.


Member Application Form



Products Application Form



Consensus Body Review of CRRC-1 Standard

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.

In addition to review by the Consensus Body, the standard will be open for public comments. The public comment period will last from October 13th, 2008 to December 9th, 2009. For more information, including the text of the standard and the comment form, please see http://coolroofs.org/StandardReview.html.

10 Year Strategic Plan Update

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 Board has formed a Planning Committee of CRRC stakeholders, including members, testing labs, utilities, code bodies, roofing manufacturers, and other interested parties. The Planning Committee will be responsible for shaping the strategic vision for CRRC’s future growth and direction, while ensuring alignment with CRRC’s purpose and values. The Planning Committee will draft a 10-Year Plan for the CRRC and report back to the Board.

The CRRC Strategic Planning Committee includes the following individuals:

Don Portfolio, PRI Construction Materials Technologies (CRRC AITL)
Hashem Akbari, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Frank Klink, 3M
Jim Leonard, ER Systems
Mike Ennis, Board Representative & Planning Committee Chair
Nick Zigelbaum, National Resources Defense Council
Peter Turnbull, Pacific Gas & Electric
Payam Bozorgchami, California Energy Commission
Rick Olsen, The Tile Roofing Institute
Scott Kriner, Green Metal Consulting Inc.
Tim Kersy, Siplast
Tom Meyer, Roof-Tek
Tom Smith, TLSmith Consulting Inc.

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 sherry@coolroofs.org.

CEC and LBNL Article — Global Cooling

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 article describes a new formula to determine how much carbon dioxide would be offset by reflecting solar radiation back into space through the use of cool surfacing materials. Their research found that if reflective materials were installed on all roofs and pavements in 100 of the world’s largest cities, this could collectively offset 44 billion metric tons of CO2. This amount of CO2 is equivalent to more than a year of global CO2 emissions and could save $1.1 trillion.

The study also discusses cuts in air conditioning costs, reduction of heat island effect, and reduction of smog as additional benefits of cool roofs and pavements. To see the presentation of this research presented at the Climate Change Conference on September 9th click here. Articles about this research have been written in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Flex Your Power E-Newsletter, East Bay Business Times, United Press International and Grist.

Technical Update

Reflectometer Research Announcement

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.

Preliminary studies by D&S and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show that the difference in measured solar reflectance due to the sensor correction is very small, on the order of 0.01 to 0.03. This value falls below the threshold for what CRRC considers to be a significant difference in solar reflectance, which is set at 0.05. However, it is possible that certain specific products will be more strongly affected by the change. In order to ensure that we know what the range of impacts will be, and which products will be most affected, the CRRC is conducting the following study:

Both Andre Desjarlais of Oakridge National Labs and Charlie Moore of Devices and Services have volunteered to take solar reflectance measurements of a variety of samples using both an old and a corrected reflectometer. The Technical Committee of the CRRC has formed a small working group to select the samples for testing and work out the details of the study. We hope to have data to present to the Technical Committee and membership early in 2009. If you have any questions please contact Molly at molly@coolroofs.org.

Upcoming Technical Committee Meeting:
November 17, 2008

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:

•    D & S reflectometer sensor correction
•    High profile products
•    Rating of blended color shingles
•    Single ply thickness measurements

For more information (including a draft agenda), please visit: http://coolroofs.org/MeetingsNovember2008.html.
To register for the Technical Committee meeting, please visit:
https://www.coolroofs.org/online/registration.php.
For more information, contact Molly at molly@coolroofs.org.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

ICC-ES Guidelines for Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) and Thermal Emittance

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).

The CRRC submitted written comments during the public comment period urging ICC-ES to reference the CRRC’s rating program and leverage the considerable effort the CRRC has made to create a product rating program that ensures fair, accurate, and credible ratings. A staff person from ICC-ES told CRRC staff that their guideline were largely based on the CRRC’s program and that ICC-ES will accept CRRC ratings for ICC-ES evaluations.

The final guidelines are expected to be published by ICC-ES this month.

ASHRAE Green Building Standard 189.1P Accepts CRRC Comments

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

New Board Member: George Malek

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.

Mr. Malek manages the energy efficiency portfolio of Commonwealth Edison, a Chicago utility company and subsidiary of Exelon. The CRRC is happy to have a representative from a utility company join the Board. Mr. Malek brings many years of experience in energy efficiency to the position, as well a background in mechanical engineering.

The Board’s appointment of Mr. Malek will be submitted to the membership for confirmation during the regular Board election process in the spring of 2009. The current list of Board of Directors can be found on our website.

CRRC at West Coast Green September 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.

Use a CRRC Sign at Your Tradeshow Booth!

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.

The CRRC plans to provide each interested Licensee with one tradeshow sign that would be yours to bring to any tradeshow and keep for future shows. If you would be interested in a complimentary sign for the upcoming Greenbuild tradeshow in Boston in November 2008 or other future shows, please contact Michelle at michelle@coolroofs.org.