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In This Issue:

General Updates / Administrative

Rated Products Directory — New Product Categories

Membership and Outreach

Final Templates for the CRRC Website Redesign

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

September 6, 2012 Board of Directors Meeting Updates

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

Technical Committee Officer Changes

August 8 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Technical Working Group Updates

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Third Comment Period Now Open for the ANSI/CRRC‑1 Standard

CRRC Program

2013 Annual Renewals Begin November 1, 2012

Random Testing Update

Evaluation Services Cool Roof Rating Council

ES-CRRC® Program Updates — New Data Submission Form

Sidebar

Chairman’s Corner

Industry Insights

Cool Roofs in the News

Upcoming Board of Directors & Technical Committee Meetings

Upcoming Tradeshows and Seminars

New Members Welcome

General Updates / Administrative

Rated Products Directory — New Product Categories

In preparation for the redesigned CRRC website which is scheduled to launch by the end of October 2012, the CRRC has updated the roofing product type categories listed on the Rated Products Directory.

Below is the CRRC’s current list of product type categories:

    Built-up Roofing (including asphalt and coal tar pitch)
    Factory‑Applied Coating
    Field‑Applied Coating
    Metal
    Modified Bitumen
    Roof Pavers
    Shingles or Shakes
    Single‑Ply Thermoplastic
    Single‑Ply Thermoset
    Tile or Slate
    Other

Below is the CRRC’s updated list of product type categories:

    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 Roof 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.

Each licensee has been contacted to submit an updated product type for all of their active CRRC rated products. If you have not yet been contacted, please contact Melissa at melissa@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x236.

Membership and Outreach

Final Templates for the CRRC Website Redesign

Here is a teaser of the redesigned CRRC website, slated to launch by the end of October 2012! The previous edition of the newsletter shared an image of the new homepage. Below is a snapshot of the new Rated Products Directory, which features a sleek search interface, real‑time search results, the ability to view your selected search criteria, and a summary view of product data.


The proposed Rated Products Directory search and results page.

If you have any feedback on these designs or suggestions for the new website, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

September 6, 2012 Board of Directors Meeting Updates

The Board of Directors (Board) held a conference call on September 6, 2012. The Board made the following decisions during the meeting:

Approved roles, authorities and responsibilities for the Board Executive Committee, which is comprised of the Chair (Mike Ennis), Treasurer (George Daisey), and the Secretary (Lynne Christensen).
Approved the aged tile test point location language for the CRRC‑1 Program Manual, as recommended by the Technical Committee. As such, tile products tested using the modified CRRC‑1 Test Method #1 (with a standard error of 0.02) do not need to be aged tested in the same locations as used for the initial test measurements. Only products tested using the Tile Template Method must mark the location of the template and test the aged products in the same locations as used for the initial test measurements.
Discussed updating and reorganizing the Strategic Plan.
Discussed and analyzed the marketing expenses for 2011, specifically noting that some of the expenses from the Product Rating Program flow over into the marketing expenses tab. This included the CRRC website, where the primary expense is due to the Rated Products Directory, plus the CRRC logo and label management.
Discussed the Energy Solutions draft contract with the CRRC in preparation for the November Board meeting.

Due to time constraints, a few remaining agenda topics were not addressed at the September Board meeting. As such, the Board has scheduled an interim conference call for October 4 at 10 am PT. The next Board meeting will be an in‑person meeting in San Francisco, CA on November 13, 2012.

If you are interested in attending any Board meeting, please contact Sherry Hao at sherry@coolroofs.org.

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

The Technical Committee (“Committee”) convened on August 8, 2012 for a conference call. The next meeting will be an in‑person meeting in Denver, CO on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9 AM MDT.

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

During the August 8, 2012 meeting, the Committee elected Greg Peterson of Eagle Roofing as Technical Committee Vice‑Chairman. This position was previously occupied by Rich Slomko, who now serves as the Committee Chairman.

August 8 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Aggregate Research Funding Proposal
A research funding proposal was submitted by aggregate producer A‑1 Grit to determine the solar reflectance relationship between larger aggregate and small granules of the same material. The results of the study would inform testing of irregularly shaped materials that may not be easily tested with the Reflectometer device. The Committee voted to recommend funding of the proposal to the CRRC Board.

Thermal Emittance Values in CRRC Database
The Committee discussed issues concerning products that have inconsistent results when tested with ASTM C1371. The Committee formed a working group to further investigate this issue.

Slide Method on Field-Applied Coatings
Currently, all field‑applied coatings are required to use ASTM C1371 in the CRRC program. However, the Committee noted that some thicker field‑applied coating products are above the ASTM C1371 thermal conductance threshold and therefore the Slide Method might be more applicable. The Committee ultimately tabled voting on the topic until it could be investigated further.

Electronic Gauge Round Robin Results
The Committee reviewed results from a round robin comparing micrometers and electronic thickness gauges. The Committee voted to recommend the adoption of ASTM D7091 to the Board for measuring thickness of field‑applied coatings in the CRRC program.

Testing Tile Point Locations
Existing CRRC‑1 Program Manual language requires that initial and aged tile samples be tested using the same point locations on the samples. The Committee approved new CRRC‑1 Program Manual language requiring the same initial and aged test locations only if samples are tested using the Tile Template Method, but not when using the Tile Test Method with randomly generated points. The random point method requires a minimum number of measurements and a maximum standard error, which provide assurance that the reflectance value is representative of the sample.

Technical Working Group Updates

ASTM E1918 Precision & Bias
The precision and bias study commenced in early June with samples being tested by the participating labs.

CRRC‑1 TM#1 Precision Statement
The working group is planning a round robin and collecting samples to develop the precision statement. The group is also reviewing the results of a previous round robin conducted when the test method was originally developed.

ASTM E408 Working Group
CRRC staff are working with device manufacturers AZ Technology and Surface Optics to update the ASTM E408 standard to include new measurement devices. The group met on August 23, 2012, and discussed revisions to the standard. The group is incorporating feedback and completing a second draft that will be presented at the October Technical Committee meeting.

Solar PV and Cool Roof Working Group
The group met on August 23, 2012, and continued discussions about partnering with active research projects.

☼   If you are interested in participating in a study regarding cool roofing and photovoltaic systems, please contact Jeff Steuben jeff@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x288.  ☼

Curved Tile Emissivity Working Group
The working group is researching the option to apply a generic emittance value for products which cannot be readily measured with current CRRC test method protocol. Product types being discussed include curved tile and rough aggregate, and samples are currently being tested by Surface Optics using ASTM E408.

Method Evaluation Working Group
The working group was formed to evaluate potential product retesting of CRRC rated products due to test method changes over the years. The group is analyzing thresholds for retesting, and determining which products would be affected. The group met on August 27, 2012, and discussed conducting a second round robin on the Slide Method that includes product types not tested in the original round robin.

NIST Standard Reference Material Working Group
The working group will propose the development of a standard reference material for thermal emittance to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This reference will give emittance test methods a way to measure bias.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Third Comment Period Now Open for the
ANSI / CRRC‑1 Standard

The CRRC is accepting comments on the revised CRRC‑1 Standard until September 24, 2012. To review a copy of the redlined CRRC‑1 Standard or to submit comments, please go to the CRRC Standards Development page, and select the link under the “Current Status” section.

If you have any questions regarding the ANSI process, please contact Alexis at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

CRRC Program

2013 Annual Renewals Begin November 1, 2012

The online renewals system will be open to all CRRC participants starting November 1, 2012. All Licensees and Members will receive an email with a login and password for their online renewals payment process. The CRRC will continue to accept credit card payments through Google Checkout and also accepts checks via mail.

Please note that renewals payments are due February 1, 2013. To encourage timely payments and maintain an equitable process for licensees who do pay on time, the CRRC will continue enforcing a nominal late fee charge*. The late fee structure is as follows:

Payment received Late Fee
On or before February 1, 2013 None
February 2 - March 1, 2013 1% of total payment
March 2 - April 1, 2013 2% of total payment

* The late fee will apply only to Licensee and product fees, not to Membership Fees.

If payment is not received by April 1, 2013 the CRRC will terminate membership and/or licensee status and all products, as applicable. In order to reinstate applicable CRRC status after termination, companies must pay the full renewal invoice amount in addition to a 3% reactivation fee.

If you have any questions or concerns at any point in the renewals process, please do not hesitate to contact Alexis at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

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 their tested reflectance and emittance values match their listed 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:

2010 Random Testing Status # of Products
Completed & Passed 80
Collection in Process 3
No Longer Sold 4
Awaiting Re-Testing* 2
Failed 3
TOTAL 92

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

2011 Random Testing Status # of Products
Completed & Passed 70
Collection in Process 24
Samples Awaiting Testing 16
No Longer Sold 19
Awaiting Re-Testing* 4
TOTAL 133

The 2012 random testing program began collection in April with the following product breakdown:

2012 Random Testing Status # of Products
Completed & Passed 20
Collection in Process 63
Samples Awaiting Testing 57
No Longer Sold 4
Awaiting Re-Testing* 10
TOTAL 154

*Awaiting Re-Testing are products that did not pass their first or second round of testing, out of a possible total of three tests, and are not yet considered “failed” products.

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

Evaluation Services CRRC Program

ES-CRRC® Program Updates —
New Data Submission Form

In conjunction with ENERGY STAR®ís new web-based upload process, ES‑CRRC® has made some changes to the application form used by manufacturers to submit new products for ENERGY STAR certification. The new, easier-to-use ES-CRRC Data Submission Form has been trimmed of some extraneous columns, and has some new columns added. Here are some changes you will see.

    The Form requests “Measured” values of the three radiative properties:
       •  Measured Initial Solar Reflectance
       •  Measured Solar Reflectance After 3 years
       •  Measured Initial Emissivity

    You will also see a request for the “Reported” fields, allowing for the reporting of lower than measured values* that had previously been listed on the Qualified Products List:
       •  Reported Initial Solar Reflectance
       •  Reported Solar Reflectance After 3 years
       •  Reported Initial Emissivity

* Please note, while the publishing of a lower than measured value is allowed on the ENERGY STAR Quality Products List, the CRRC does not allow this practice on its Rated Products Directory.

You can download a blank ES-CRRC Data Submission Form here . All submissions for ENERGY STAR certification must use the new form as of October 1, 2012. If you have any questions regarding the new Data Submission Form or ENERGY STAR certification, please contact Melissa at melissa@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x236.