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In This Issue:

General Updates / Administrative

2012 Board of Director Elections Launched

Annual Membership Meeting — June 27

Upcoming CRRC Laboratory Training Course

Membership and Outreach

Marketing Update

Website Redesign Update

International Outreach Update

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

February 21 Board Meeting Updates

April 12 Board Meeting Updates

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

Technical Committee Officer Changes

January 19 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

March 14 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Technical Working Group Updates

2011 InterLaboratory Comparison

Ratings, Codes and Programs

CRRC-1 Standard Referenced in 2012 IgCC

ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard Review

CRRC Program

Terminated Products No Longer Require Aged Testing

Random Testing Update

Renewals Update

Evaluation Services Cool Roof Rating Council

ES-CRRC® Task Group Call for Participants

ES-CRRC® Renewals

ES-CRRC® Verification Testing Update

Sidebar

Chairman’s Corner

Annual Award Created in Honor of Marty Hastings

CRRC Welcomes New Staff Member

The CRRC is Social!

Cool Roofs in the News

ES-CRRC Program Tips & Tricks

Upcoming Board of Directors & Technical Committee Meetings

Upcoming Tradeshows and Seminars

New Members Welcome

General Updates / Administrative

2012 Board of Director Elections Launched

The 2012 Board Elections process has commenced. This year, two Class A and one Class B positions are open, with Mr. Gregory Crawford (Class A), Mr. Phil Dregger (Class B) and Mr. Mike Ennis (Class A) completing their terms. Mr. Crawford has fulfilled his term limit to serve on the CRRC Board, whereas Mr. Dregger and Mr. Ennis are eligible for re-election. Additionally, the Membership will vote on whether to confirm the Board’s appointments of Ms. Lynne Christensen (Class A) and Mr. Darrel Higgs (Class A).

Nominations were due on April 6. The nominees were notified by April 20, and ballots will be distributed to the Membership on May 16. If you have any questions concerning the Elections process, please contact Jessica Clark at jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227.

Annual Membership Meeting — June 27

Save the Date! The 2012 Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 27 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the WSRCA Western Roofing Expo. The Annual Membership Meeting is a great way to socialize with your fellow CRRC members, Board members, and staff. The meeting will include technical, administrative, and program updates, as well as a series of compelling guest speakers who will present on the following topics:

    •   Integrating multiple sustainable roofing strategies
    •   Moisture accumulation issues and cool roofs
    •   Correlation between insulation and cool roofing.

Mark Your Calendars!
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Location: Paris Hotel (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV)
Registration online at www.coolroofs.org/registration.



Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting this summer in Las Vegas!

Upcoming CRRC Laboratory Training Course

The CRRC is organizing the 2012 Laboratory Training Course, which will be held on Friday July 13, 2012 at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. This one-day course provides training on measuring the optical properties of roofing materials both in the laboratory environment and in the field.

    1) Solar reflectance measurements using:
           •  Spectrometer (ASTM E903)
           •  Pyranometer (ASTM E1918)
           •  Reflectometer (ASTM C1549 & CRRC-1 Test Method 1
        & Tile Test Methods)
    2) Thermal emittance with an Emissometer (ASTM C1371 and Slide Method)
    3) Coating thickness measurement using a caliper (based on ASTM D1669, D751)

Laboratory Training Fees:
CRRC Members and Licensees — $350 per participant
Non-CRRC Members/Licensees — $500 per participant

Please contact Jessica Clark at jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227 if you are interested in attending the Lab Training.

Membership and Outreach

Marketing Update

The CRRC kicked off the year with the development of the 2012 Marketing Plan. Marketing efforts this year will focus on code development outreach, and getting the word out about the CRRC through article and presentation proposal submissions, the release of the updated website, and active Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.

In January, Metalmag Magazine published an article by the CRRC on the benefits of cool metal roofing. You can read the article here . In March, the CRRC’s presentation proposal on the Slide Method and Upgraded Reflectometer Study won a spot in the International Roof Coatings Conference in Baltimore, MD set for July 2012.

The CRRC is always happy to hear about new marketing opportunities from the CRRC community. If you have a marketing suggestion, please feel free to contact Jessica Clark at jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227.

Website Redesign Update

The CRRC is excited to undertake the redesign of its website at www.coolroofs.org. The goal of this project is to modernize the design and structure of the CRRC’s website and re-work the content to provide a more intuitive user experience. Here are the goals of the project:

•   Increase the CRRC’s impact by creating an improved website to communicate about cool roofs to the roofing industry, architects and contractors, the general public, and other interested parties.
•   Modernize the website’s design, organization, and navigation.
•   Improve user experience by creating user group specific content and navigation.
•   Simplify content in order to make relevant content more accessible.
•   Clarify the product rating process for CRRC Licensees, and the
ES-CRRC®ENERGY STAR® product certification process.
•   Update the search function for the website’s Rated Products Directory.
•   Improve access and outreach for the ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard, as well as provide updates on the ANSI Consensus Review process.

We hope to make the CRRC site easier to navigate for the many people who visit. In 2011, the site was visited by 40,474 unique visitors, or about 111 unique visitors per day. Although the majority of visits are from the USA, you can see below that the website has been visited by people from all over the world. Here is the breakdown of the top five countries:

Country
% of Visits
United States
79.45%
Canada
2.55%
India
1.62%
Italy
1.31%
South Korea
0.94%

Within the USA, here is the breakdown of visitors from the top five states:

State
% of Visits
California
40.60%
Texas
7.02%
Florida
5.79%
New York
4.34%
Pennsylvania
3.25%




If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding the CRRC website, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

International Outreach Update

On February 28, under the guidance of the DOE, the CRRC participated in the Cool Surfaces for Building Envelope Energy Efficiency Workshop in Mexico City, Mexico. The CRRC presentation demonstrated how the rating system operates and offered guidance to Mexico regarding the design, development and implementation of a roof rating system that would provide accurate labelling of products and materials, support code compliance, and advance the use of reflective roofing materials.

The workshop successfully brought together government officials from the United States and Mexico, along with representatives from the private and academic sectors. Presenters shared research and best practices aimed at influencing Mexican policies to implement energy efficiency code requirements in buildings. Presentations were provided by representatives from the roofing, pavement, fenestration, insulation, net zero energy, and sustainable communities markets.

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

February 21 Board Meeting Updates

On February 21, the CRRC Board gathered for an in-person meeting in Orlando, FL where the following decisions were voted on:

    Approval of the 2012 Election Plan.
    Approval of the 2012 Marketing Plan.
    The Board recommended potential speakers for the June Membership Meeting.
    The Board finalized the details of the Marty Hastings award, to be presented annually at the Membership Meeting to a CRRC volunteer who has demonstrated significant contributions to the organization.
    Updates to the CRRC product type categories, to be applied to the redesigned website; as follows:
Membrane Roof Products*
     • Built-Up and Modified Bitumen Sheet Roofing
     •Single Ply Thermoplastic and Thermoset Roofing
Steep-Slope Prepared Roof Products*
     • Asphalt Shingles
     • Concrete/Clay Tile and Slates
     • Metal Shakes/Shingles (including Granular coated metal)
     • Wood Shakes/Shingles
     • Polymer/Composite Steep-Slope Products
Metal Roof Products
     • Unpainted Galvalume®
     • Other unpainted metal
     • Prepainted metal
Other Roof Products*
     • Roof Pavers
     • Stone Aggregate/Ballast Products
     • Spray Polyurethane Foam Roof Products — currently see Field-applied Coatings
     • Fluid Applied Membrane Roofing
Field-Applied Roof Coatings [includes field-applied products]
     • Polyurethane
     • Acrylic
     • Silicone
     •Latex
     • Other
*Includes products with factory-applied coatings. See also Field-Applied Roof Coatings category.
    Approval to fund two Technical Committee recommended research/study proposals: the E1918 Precision and Bias for $30,180 and Electronic Gauge Study for $350.
    Approval of disclaimer language to be added to the CRRC Resources webpage regarding listed publications, stating that the content is listed for educational purposes; however, it does not necessarily represent the views of the CRRC.
    Approval to post the prorated fee structure for Licensing and Membership dues on the CRRC website.
    Approval regarding language that specifies only active products must submit aged ratings. Terminated products are no longer required to fulfill this requirement. Additionally, the licensee and the test farms must notify the CRRC within 30 days if products are pulled before the three year aging period is completed.
    Approval to clarify the CRRC Program Manual by reorganizing the compound rating language (section 3.5.1).
    Approval of an electronic version of the Test Results Report that automatically averages values and provides pop-up guidance to AITLs. Here is the link to the Initial Test Results Report, Form F-2, and the link to the Aged Test Results Report, Form F-13.

April 12 Board Meeting Updates

On April 12, the CRRC Board held a conference call meeting, where the following decisions were voted on:

    Approval of the FY2010 financial review, as provided by the tax audit firm Councilor, Buchanan and Mitchell.
    Approval of the Directionally Reflective Test Method funding proposal for up to $42,000.
    Approval to initially measure 9 samples for all products, where previously 6 samples were accepted for certain product types. Changes were accepted to the Initial Test Results Report.
    Approval to add ambient temperature and relative humidity fields to the Initial, Aged and Random Testing Test Results Report.
    Approval to allow wood and polymer compound ratings to compare against the negative (-0.05) failure threshold for Random Testing, as opposed to comparing against both the positive and negative (+/- 0.05) failure threshold.
    Approval of modifications to the colorimetry values for the Dark Blue Hunter L range (from 13-33 to 13-35) and the Medium to Light Brown Hunter b range (from 5-26 to 2-26).
    Approval for the Technical Committee to work with NIST on developing emittance and reflectance standards.
    Approval for a shingle manufacturer to remove the unexposed shingle areas from products placed on the test farm.
    Approval for the development of the Technical Committee Method Evaluation Working Group. This group will be responsible for assessing future test methods changes to determine if they will significantly impact the ratings and require retesting to update the ratings.
    Approval for the CRRC to pursue Continuing Education provider status for AIA, GBCI (LEED), and RCI.

The next Board meeting will be an in-person meeting in Las Vegas on June 28th, one day after the Membership Meeting. Please register here if you are interested in participating in this meeting. Please note that the registration page allows you to register for the Membership meeting and/or the Board meeting.

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

The CRRC Technical Committee convened on January 19, 2012 for a conference call, and met in person on March 14 in Dallas, TX.

The next Technical Committee meeting will be a conference call on May 23, 2012. Technical Committee meetings are open to all interested participants. If you would like to be added to the Technical Topics email list, please contact Jeff Steuben at jeff@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x288.

Technical Committee Officer Changes

At the November 11, 2011 Board of Directors meeting, the Board appointed Mr. Hal Leland of Western Colloid to the CRRC Technical Committee and Mr. Frank Klink of 3M as his voting alternate. The new members replaced Mr. Marty Hastings and Mr. Jim Leonard, respectively. Additionally, at the February 21, 2012 Board meeting, the group appointed Mr. Mark Thimons to replace Mr. Gregory Crawford as the representative for the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 19 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Slide Method Study
In November 2011, the Board approved of the use of the Slide Method technique for measuring thermal emittance. The Slide Method was developed to increase measurement consistency in samples with high thermal resistance. The test method will be used on any sample not submitted on a non-insulated metal panel. This includes most non-coating products. CRRC Accredited Independent Testing Laboratories (AITLs) began using this method after it was approved in November.

Research and Study Budgets
Following the Board’s approval to allocate $90,000 for research in the 2012 CRRC budget, three working groups submitted budget proposals for consideration to the Technical Committee. Proposals approved by the Technical Committee were sent to the CRRC Board for final approval.

    •   E1918 Precision & Bias Study: The Board approved $30,180 for a study to develop a precision and bias statement for the ASTM E1918 solar reflectance measurement method. The study budget includes funds to purchase a pyranometer and an albedometer and for lab testing of product samples. Materials for the round robin test will be donated by CRRC Members and shipping costs will be supported by ASTM.
    •   Electronic Gauge Study: The Board approved $350 for a study to compare the accuracy of the electronic gauges against manual micrometer gauges and evaluate their use in the CRRC program. Approved funds will cover the purchasing of a set of plastic shims of known thicknesses. Laboratories have generously volunteered their time to participate in this study.
    •   Directionally Reflective Products Study: The Technical Committee discussed the proposal set forth by the Directionally Reflective Products working group to develop a test method and labeling protocol for directionally reflective products. The Committee requested more information about the proposal cost breakdown before voting on approval.

Sample Durability Issues
While it is natural for most products’ energy performance properties to depreciate over the three-year aging period, in some rare cases a product’s samples will physically degrade to the point where the AITL cannot test the samples. The Committee discussed what defines a product failure due to durability issues as opposed to normal weathering degradation.

Curved Tile Test Method
Boral Roofing representatives Cyrus Falatoon and Thomas Arzu presented on the use of a curved tile adaptor made by Devices & Services, and suggested that the CRRC adopt a method of testing curved tile samples when flat samples are not available. The Technical Committee formed a working group to investigate the topic. If you wish to join this working group, please contact Jeff Steuben at jeff@coolroofs.org.

CRRC-1 Test Method #1 Precision & Bias
During the review period for the CRRC-1 ANSI Standard, the Consensus Body notified the CRRC that a precision and bias statement had not yet been established for CRRC-1 Test Method #1. The Technical Committee formed a working group to facilitate the process. If you wish to join this working group, please contact Jeff Steuben at jeff@coolroofs.org.

March 14 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

CRRC Test Lab Feedback
During the CRRC’s annual AITL training review webinar in February 2012, staff collected feedback from the AITLs on how to improve the CRRC program. The Technical Committee discussed their comments at the March meeting. The Committee approved adding ambient conditions to test results report forms and requiring testing of all nine initial samples for all products.

Retesting CRRC Ratings Working Group
In November, the Board created a working group to explore retesting as an option to address new or updated test methods. The retesting working group presented the preliminary design for the retesting process. They recommended that the Technical Committee form a technical working group to tackle the technical aspects of the process, including defining the significance for a test method to prompt the retesting process, determining the threshold value for triggering retesting, as well as the scope of products which would potentially be affected. The Technical Committee approved the development of the Method Evaluation Task Group.

Directionally Reflective Product Funding Proposal
The Committee reviewed the directionally reflective working group’s funding proposal, which would fund a graduate student’s tuition for one year to help develop a rating method for directionally reflective products. The Committee approved sending the funding request to the Board, but encouraged the proposal authors to continue seeking cost-sharing with other sources of funding.

Random Testing
The Committee discussed staff concerns regarding random testing sample collection and failed products. In the event that a sample proves difficult to obtain, the Committee recommended staff to follow up with the manufacturer directly. Additionally, staff suspected that some CRRC tile products were failing Random Testing due to use of outdated test methods. The Committee requested more detailed statistical analysis from staff on this topic before making a decision. The Committee also approved adopting a lower failure threshold only for compound rating products of wood and polymer type.

Reflectometer Upgrade
The Committee reviewed data from three studies investigating upgrading reflectometers from version 5 to version 6. Currently, labs with version 6 devices are asked to run them in version 5 emulation mode (b891). The Committee did not find the results between the two devices to demonstrate a significant change in reflectance ratings, and chose to uphold current protocol of using version 5 b891 ratings.

Round Robin Redesign
The Committee voted to align CRRC language with ASTM terminology, by renaming the AITL round robin program to “Interlaboratory Comparison.” The term “round robin” will be used to describe a series of tests confirming a new test method or material. Round robins will test for repeatability, the variability between independent results gathered from within a single laboratory. Interlaboratory comparisons will test for reproducibility, the variability among single test results gathered from different laboratories (as defined by ASTM). The Committee also directed staff to develop language to create a similar Interlaboratory Comparison program for accredited manufacturer test labs (AMTLs).

Sample Durability Issues
The Committee reviewed instances of samples becoming unmeasurable after the aging process due to excessive physical degradation, and directed staff to clarify language in the Program Manual around “unusable” samples.

New Business
The Committee discussed developing traceable standard reference material for emittance through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).The reference standard would inform the bias of thermal emittance and solar reflectance tests conducted in the CRRC. The Committee voted to recommend that the Board write a letter to NIST to start this process.

The Committee also voted to adjust the Color Family table Hunter L, a, and b thresholds for the Dark Blue and Light Blue groups, as well as make the Light Brown values consistent with other groups.

Additionally, the Committee discussed a member’s request to trim an exposed shingle sample (already placed on the test farm) to remove the portion that is normally overlapped by other shingles. The Committee approved this request, and directed staff to investigate language regarding sample exposure requirements.

Technical Working Group Updates

ASTM E1918 Precision & Bias
A round robin study to determine the precision and bias of ASTM E1918 will be conducted in the coming months. Three types of material (TPO, EPDM, and metal) will be tested by seven labs who will submit their results to ASTM directly.

Electronic Gauges
A round robin study to confirm the reliability of ASTM D7091 is being conducted. The round robin will include factory applied coatings, field applied coatings, and a set of standardized shims of known thickness.

Directionally Reflective Products
The working group is developing a rating method, and hopes to have a draft test protocol complete by 2013.

ASTM E408
The working group is currently on hold, but hopes to revise the Standard to include new measurement instruments.

Solar PV and Cool Roofing
The working group is actively seeking research partners to test the synergy between cool roofing and photovoltaic performance.

Curved Tile Emissivity Measurements
The working group is investigating options for applying a generic emissivity value for curved tiles when flat samples are not available for testing.

2011 Interlaboratory Comparison

The 2011 Interlaboratory Comparison test round is nearing completion and results will be reviewed in the second quarter of 2012, at the May 23 Technical Committee Meeting.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

CRRC-1 Standard Referenced in 2012 IgCC

On March 27, 2012, the International Code Council released the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The 2012 IgCC references the CRRC-1 Standard in its roof coverings requirement:

SECTION 408 - HEAT ISLAND MITIGATION

408.3.1 Roof coverings—solar reflectance and thermal emittance. Where roof coverings are used for compliance with Section 408.3, roof coverings shall comply with Section 408.3.1.1 or 408.3.1.2. The values for solar reflectance and thermal emittance shall be determined by an independent laboratory accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation program. Roof products shall be listed and labeled and certified by the manufacturer demonstrating compliance.

408.3.1.1 Roof products testing. Roof products shall be tested for a minimum three-year aged solar reflectance in accordance with ASTM E 1918, ASTM C 1549 or the CRRC-1 Standard and thermal emittance in accordance with ASTM C 1371, ASTM E 408 or the CRRC-1 Standard, and shall comply with the minimum values in Table 408.3.1.

408.3.1.2 Solar reflectance index. Roof products shall be permitted to use a solar reflectance index (SRI) where the calculated value is in compliance with Table 408.3.1 values for minimum aged SRI. The SRI value shall be determined using ASTM E 1980 with a convection coefficient of 2.1 Btu/h-ft2 (12 W/m2 x k) based on three-year aged roof samples tested in accordance with the test methods in Section 408.3.1.1.

According to the ICC, the IgCC “acts as an overlay to the existing set of International Codes,” and allows for ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternate path to compliance. Read more about the development of the code here .

ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard Review

Consensus Body Ballots on changes from the Second Public Comment Period have been tallied. Results and the final version of the CRRC-1 Standard are available at our Standards Development web page.

Appeals from Public Commenters were due May 2, 2012. Appellants have a right to file a written complaint with respect to any action to which the appellant was not given notice or with respect to inaction. The written compliant shall state the nature of the objection, the contested sections of the standard, and the specific remedial action that would satisfy the appellant’s concern.

The CRRC-1 Standard covers specimen preparation and test methods for measuring the initial and aged solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing products. The Standard was first accredited on November 16, 2010. Accreditation enabled the CRRC-1 Standard to be referenced by building codes and rating programs worldwide in order to measure initial and aged solar reflectance and thermal emittance values of roofing products.

ANSI’s Essential Requirements specify that the process for standards development must be a collaborative, balanced and consensus–based approval process. As such every few years the standard must go through a public review process. For the CRRC-1 Standard the first of these reviews is currently ongoing throughout 2011–2012. See the table below for the ANSI standard development schedule.

ANSI Standard Development Schedule

Date Action
May 2, 2012 Appeals from Public Commenters Due
June 28, 2012 Appeals Considered at Board of Directors Meeting
August 27, 2012 Appeals Board Convened
September 26, 2012 Appeals Decision
November 25, 2012 ANSI Review Process Complete

For any questions about the ANSI review process, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

CRRC Program

Terminated Products No Longer Require Aged Testing

At the February 21 Board of Director’s meeting, the Board voted to no longer require manufacturers to conduct aged testing for terminated products. Only active rated products are required to complete aged testing. Additionally, the Board added the requirement that Test Farms notify the CRRC within 30 days if a product has been pulled early from its 3-year exposure.

Random Testing Update

Random testing is the method by which the CRRC ensures the credibility and accuracy of the rating program. Each year, the CRRC tests 10% of all active Licensed Seller products in order to guarantee that randomly collected product samples test equivalently to their posted solar reflectance and thermal emittance values. Products that do not pass random testing are removed from the Rated Products Directory. The 2010 random testing program is in its final stages, with the current results below (“Awaiting Re-Testing” are products that have failed their first or second round of testing, out of a possible total of three tests, thus are not yet considered “failed” products):

2010 Random Testing Status
Number of Products
Completed & Passed
74
Collection in Process
5
No Longer Sold
3
TOTAL
92

The 2011 random testing program is well underway with 133 products, with the following breakdown:

2011 Random Testing Status
Number of Products
Completed & Passed
53
Collection in Process
40
Samples Awaiting Testing
23
No Longer Sold
14
Awaiting Re-Testing
3
TOTAL
133

The 2012 random testing program is in its initial stages, with collection beginning shortly. The product breakdown is as follows:

2012 Random Testing Status
Number of Products
Completed & Passed
N/A
Collection in Process
153
No Longer Sold
N/A
Awaiting Re-Testing
N/A
TOTAL
153

Once each annual round of random testing is completed, we will mail result letters to all licensees who had products tested. If you have any questions about random testing, please contact Ethan Guy at ethan@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x237.

Renewals Update

Thanks to all CRRC participants who completed their 2012 Renewals by the February 1 deadline!

Please note that if your company did not complete renewals by February 1, 2012, your renewal fees are now overdue. To encourage on-time payments and to create an equitable process for licensees who do pay before the deadline, the CRRC has implemented a nominal late fee charge. The late fee structure is as follows:

Payment received Late Fee*
On or before February 1, 2012 None
February 2 - March 1, 2012 1% of total payment
March 2 - April 1, 2012 2% of total payment

*In accordance with the Board of Directors June 2011 vote, the late fee will apply only to Licensee and product fees, not to Membership Fees.

If payment was not received by April 1, 2012 we will have terminated Membership and/or Licensee status and all products, as applicable. In order to reinstate your status after termination, your company must pay the full renewals invoice amount in addition to a 3% reactivation fee.

To pay your renewals fee, please log on to http://renewals.coolroofs.org . If you are unsure what your password is or if you have any questions related to the online Renewals system, please do not hesitate to contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

Evaluation Services CRRC Program

ES-CRRC® Task Group Call for Participants

At the February 21 Board meeting, the Board requested that the ES-CRRC task group reconvene and assess the financial standing and future growth of the ES-CRRC program. If you would like to join this task group, please contact Sherry Hao at sherry@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x256.

ES-CRRC® Renewals

The 2012 ES-CRRC Program Renewals process began in early April. Please note the ES-CRRC program is for certification of ENERGY STAR® Qualified Roofing Products, and is a separate program from the CRRC Product Rating Program. The renewals rate is $40 for each Standard Product or Color Family Group (including Representative Element). This charge was applied to all products certified before January 1, 2012, with the exception of Color Family Additional Elements, which were not charged the $40 Renewal fee as they are covered under the Color Family Group fee. Each Partner will have received an invoice via email and can elect to pay using Google Checkout or by submitting a check.

In keeping with sustainability efforts to maintain a paperless process, invoices were sent out via email. Payments are due by Thursday, May 31, 2012. To encourage timely payments and maintain an equitable process for Partners who do pay before the deadline, ES-CRRC will implement a nominal late fee charge. The late fee charge is 1% of your total payment per month; therefore, it will accrue by 1% for each additional month that the payment is late. As with the CRRC Renewals process, the late fee schedule is as follows:

Payment received Late Fee*
On or before May 31, 2012 None
June 1 to June 30, 2012 1% of total payment
July 1 to July 31, 2012 2% of total payment

If you have questions or concerns at any point in the ES-CRRC Renewals process, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa at melissa@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x236.

ES-CRRC® Verification Testing Update

Verification Testing is the system by which the EPA performs its quality assurance for the ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products List. Each year, the EPA requires Certification Bodies (CBs) to selected 10% of the products certified by that CB in the last year and perform verification testing. Of this 10% the EPA is authorized to select up to 5% of the total certified products. The remaining 5% must be selected at random by the CB.

The EPA Verification Testing program differs from the CRRC Random Testing program in that selected products are allowed one test to meet the minimum values for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products. Products that do not meet the minimum values will be reported to the EPA for further action. Inquiries regarding failed products can be directed to the EPA via email at certification@energystar.gov.

The ES-CRRC has successfully completed its 2011 Verification Testing program, with all 15 selected products passing.

The 2012 Verification Testing program recently commenced with sample collection occurring in concert with the 2012 CRRC Random Testing program. The breakdown of products selected for 2012 Verification Testing is as follows:

2012 Verification Testing Status
Number of Products
EPA Selected Products
44
Randomly Selected Products
43
TOTAL
87

If you have any questions about verification testing, please contact Ethan Guy at ethan@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x237.