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General Updates / Administrative

Annual Renewals 2010: Update

Increased Test Farm Product Placement Dates

Tracking Protocol Recommendation between AITLs and Test Farms

Introducing the Rated Products Logo

Now Accepting Electronic Forms and Digital Signatures

Updates to the Initial Product Rating Application

Interim Tile Test Method Expiration Date

2009 Random Testing Results

International Update

Upcoming CRRC Laboratory Training Course - Reduced Fee!

Technical Update

Technical Committee Meeting Update — March

ANSI Update / Upcoming Schedule

SRI Values Coming to the Rated Products Directory

New Technologies: Clear Cool Roof Coatings

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Evaluating Cost Effectiveness of the New Title 24 Cool Roof Code

ENERGY STAR Update

Tampa Electric Offers New Incentives

Membership and Outreach

Board of Directors Meeting Recap — February

Board of Directors Meeting Recap — April

Board Elections Update

Annual Membership Meeting Speakers

General Updates / Administrative

Annual Renewals 2010: Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2010 renewals payments! Companies that did not submit their 2010 renewals payment by May 1st have been terminated as members and/or licensees. This includes termination of all active products listed under those companies. Companies that did not submit payments for 2010 have already been notified by email, phone, and mail. If a terminated company wishes to reactivate their membership, licensee status and/or rated products, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

Increased Test Farm Product Placement Dates

The CRRC has increased the frequency of Test Farm product placement from a quarterly basis to every other month. Test farms have already begun to implement this policy. We hope this change in policy will assist you in submitting new CRRC rated products. Please find below the official language to be added to the CRRC-1 Program Manual:

“Accredited Testing Laboratories must forward product samples (supplied by Licensed Seller or Licensed OM) for weathering exposure directly to Approved Test Farm after testing for Initial Radiative Properties. Exposures will begin on the first day of every other month throughout the year, beginning with January 1. After testing samples for Aged Radiative Properties, Accredited Testing Laboratories are responsible for holding weathered product samples for a period of 90 days or until Rated Aged Radiative Properties are approved by CRRC before releasing to Licensed Seller or Licensed OM.”

Tracking Protocol Recommendation
between AITLs and Test Farms

When shipping test samples between CRRC Accredited Independent Test Laboratories (AITLs) and Test Farms, the CRRC recommends that the shipper send the samples with a tracking number and include a listing of the shipped samples so that the recipient can check the shipment for completeness. The CRRC recommends that the recipient acknowledge receipt of the samples to the shipper. The CRRC, however, assumes no responsibility for the shipment or receipt of samples, including the manner thereof, and the CRRC shall have no liability for lost or damaged samples.

Introducing the Rated Products Logo

The Board has approved the use of a CRRC Rated Product Logo to be used by licensees with rated products in good standing. Licensees who would like to use the Rated Product Logo must submit a signed Rated Product Logo License Agreement (electronic form is acceptable). Please also review the How Do I Use the CRRC Logo document regarding the guidelines for using the Rated Product Logo. Once the CRRC receives a signed copy of the Rated Product Logo License Agreement, we will send you useable images of the Rated Product Logo.

Please note the following regarding applying the Rated Product Logo to your promotional materials:

        •     The Rated Product Logo must be used only with respect to products that are rated with the CRRC; it cannot be misconstrued to imply that non-CRRC rated products are CRRC rated.

        •     The Rated Product Logo should not be placed next to performance or certification marks (like LEED or ENERGY STAR), thus differentiating the CRRC Rated Product Logo from a product certification mark.

        •     The Rated Product Logo will not be accepted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as an acceptable verification format to meet Title 24 cool roof prescriptive requirements. The CEC will only accept the CRRC Product Label.

If you have specific questions about logo use, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

Now Accepting Electronic Forms and Digital Signatures

For your convenience and in order to reduce paperwork, the CRRC is now accepting electronic copies of all applications and agreements. This includes scanned copies of all forms or electronic forms with digital signatures. The CRRC will still be accepting forms by mail as well. All documents are available on our website here. If you would like to submit an electronic form, you can email Melissa Rissman, our Applications Liaison, at melissa@coolroofs.org or fax the form to (510) 421-0241.

Updates to the Initial Product Rating Application

A new line has been added to the Initial Product Rating Application (CRRC F-3). To assist with identifying products, you may now enter a Manufacturer SKU number or other identifying internal number. If no SKU or identifying number is available, simply leave the field blank. The newly-modified Initial Product Rating Application (CRRC F-3) can be found on the website here. here


Manufacturer SKU# Field (yellow) on the F-3 form.

Interim Tile Test Method Expiration Date

The CRRC adopted the Interim Tile Test Method in winter of 2008, with an initial expiration date of June 1, 2010. The intent was that by June 2010 the CRRC would have adopted a permanent test method for tile and other profiled products. Due to complications with the E1918A Round Robin, and delays in receiving external funding to support test method research, the CRRC will not be ready to adopt a permanent tile test method by June 2010. In recognition of this fact, the Board has voted to extend the expiration date for the interim method to December 31, 2010.

2009 Random Testing Results

Random testing is the method by which the CRRC ensures the credibility and accuracy of our rating program. Each year, we test 10% of all active rated products in order to guarantee that their reflectance and emittance numbers match their listed values. We are in the process of wrapping up our 2009 random testing results and wanted to share the results.

Status
Number of Products
Completed & Passed
51
Failed Testing
2
No Longer Sold
5
Collection in Process
15
Awaiting Test Results 6
Total 79



Once we have finished 2009 random testing, we will mail a result letter to all licensees who had products tested. SFinal results will be presented at the June membership meeting. The 2010 random testing process has commenced and 93 products have been selected for verification. If you have any questions about random testing, please contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

International Update

The CRRC has kicked off our international outreach efforts! Sherry Hao, CRRC’s Administrative Manager, presented at the China International Energy Efficiency & Zero Energy Building Envelope Conference held from March 31st to April 1st in Beijing. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. DOE and China Architecture Design and Research Group and included presentations from the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Environment Canada, National Fenestration Rating Council, and representatives for energy efficiency efforts in Japan and India. The CRRC presented on the energy savings and environmental benefits of cool roofing, the technology behind cool roofing, as well as an overview of the CRRC Product Rating Program. Under this initiative, the CRRC will collaborate with the DOE in its efforts to develop international cool roof rating infrastructures to support building code implementation. Future outreach efforts will focus on the countries of India, China, Australia and Thailand. Any CRRC licensees interested in participating in international conferences should please contact sherry@coolroofs.org.

Upcoming CRRC Laboratory Training Course — Reduced Fee!

The CRRC is contracting with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to hold a CRRC Lab Training workshop at their site in Berkeley, California. The one-day course provides training on measuring the optical properties of roofing materials both in the laboratory environment and in the field.

The training covers the CRRC measurement standards listed below:
1. Solar reflectance measurements using:
    •   Spectrometer (ASTM E 903)
    •   Pyranometer (ASTM E-1918 and E1918A)
    •   Solar spectrum reflectometer (ASTM C1549 & CRRC-1 Test Method 1) 2. Thermal emittance with an emissometer (ASTM C-1371)
3. Coating thickness measurement using a caliper or other thickness gauge (based on ASTM D-1669)

The CRRC is reducing the cost of our Laboratory Training. In previous years the CRRC offered the training at $1,000 per participant. For the 2010 training the following fees will apply:

CRRC Members and Licensees — $350 per participant
Non-CRRC Members/Licensees — $500 per participant

Please email sherry@coolroofs.org if you are interested in attending the Lab Training. The date of the class will be determined by the availability of participants, but will likely be held in August or September of 2010.

Technical Update

Technical Committee Meeting Update — March

The Technical Committee held a phone meeting on March 17th, 2010. The following topics were discussed:

2009 AITL Round Robin:
The Round Robin included six AITLs, but did not include Architectural Testing, which joined the CRRC in mid-2009. The results were generally positive, with very low standard deviation between labs for most products tested. One lab had an unusually low reading for a field-applied coating. The Technical Committee requested that staff obtain the Round Robin samples from the last lab to conduct tests, and ask the lab with the low reading to re-test that product.

Ratings for Polymer Textured Products

DaVinci Slate Polymer Roofing Product

CRRC Licensees that manufacture textured polymer products have approached the CRRC regarding a possible combined rating to cover a variety of textures. For a given color, the polymer used for each shape is the same, so the only difference in solar performance would come from the texture and profile of the shape. The Technical Committee recommended to the Board that the Licensee initially measure all of the textures to determine the lowest reflectance and use the texture with the lowest reflectance for reporting the CRRC initial and aged values. The lowest reflectance profiled product will be sent to weather at the test farm.

The next Technical Committee Meeting is scheduled for June 9, 2010 in Miami, FL. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register here.

ANSI Update/Upcoming schedule

The CRRC has collected the final ballot from the Consensus Body, voting to approve the CRRC-1 standard with the revisions made during the ANSI standards process. The ANSI revised standard will be presented to the Board at the May 20, 2010 Board meeting. Should the Board vote to approve the ANSI standard, the CRRC will publish the accepted ANSI CRRC-1 Standard document to the public on the CRRC website. Informative documents are available for review here.

SRI Values Coming to the Rated Products
Directory

The Board has approved the addition of Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) to the Rated Products Directory. SRI is a single value calculated from the solar reflectance and thermal emittance values of a material. Many cool roof codes and programs reference minimum reflectance and emittance values as well as alternative minimum SRI values, including: LEED, California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24), and ASHRAE 189.1, 90.1 and 90.2. SRI will be calculated using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s calculator, available here. Both initial and 3-year aged SRI values will be included in the Rated Products Directory starting this summer.

New Technologies: Clear Cool Roof Coatings

Recently, the CRRC has been approached by several manufacturers of clear surface coatings that are intended to improve the solar reflectance of roofing materials. These coatings work in a variety of ways, including nano-scale reflectance technology, soiling reduction, and increased mirror-like reflectance at low incidence angles. Manufacturers of these coatings are interested in working with the CRRC to test their products and verify performance. As the number of clear cool roof coatings increases, consumers, code bodies, and rebate programs will need ways to evaluate their effectiveness. The CRRC is the logical entity to provide that information, and will need to develop the procedures to do so effectively.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Evaluating Cost Effectiveness of
the New Title 24 Cool Roof Code

As part of the update to the 2011 Title 24 Residential Building Standards, Architectural Energy Corporation is evaluating the cost effectiveness of more stringent requirements for residential cool roofs and roof insulation. AEC is conducting a survey designed to determine incremental costs of highly reflective roofing products, and the availability of cool roof products on the market for different roof types (shingle, tile, metal roofing). If CRRC Licensees are interested in participating in the AEC survey please click here to access the survey. The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Any feedback that roofing product manufacturers can provide will be valuable to the codes and standards process and much appreciated.

ENERGY STAR Update

The EPA ENERGY STAR program is currently considering enhanced testing and verification requirements that will cover all ENERGY STAR programs, including the Roofing Products program. This effort to implement verification infrastructure to the ENERGY STAR program came about from a congressional report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that highlighted several instances where approved ENERGY STAR products failed to meet program requirements. The report can be viewed here.

To kick off the process, the EPA hosted several informational webinars; the roof products webinar was offered on April 6, 2010. The webinar covered the testing program features the EPA would like to see built into their verification program, including: third party testing for the program administration, qualification testing, and verification testing. Leveraging the CRRC program was a topic covered in the presentation, as well as expounded by several webinar attendees. The EPA presentation can be viewed here.

The EPA is on a quick timeline to execute verification program requirements, with intentions to finalize the requirements in July or August of 2010 and phase in the verification program by the end of the year. After the April 6th webinar, the CRRC approached ENERGY STAR to see how we could collaborate on their efforts to implement a credible and fair verification system. We will continue reaching out to ENERGY STAR and will provide updates to the CRRC community as the situation progresses.

Tampa Electric Offers New Incentives

On March 30th Tampa Electric filed for approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to implement a new lineup of energy efficiency programs, including a rebate of up to $.60 per square foot for the installation of a cool roof system. The full article can be viewed here.

Membership and Outreach

Board of Directors Meeting Recap — February

On February 25, 2010 the Board held an in-person meeting in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo Conference. The agenda was packed with discussion items, resulting in the following key decisions:

Marketing Plan
The CRRC Board approved the proposed 2010 Marketing Plan, an annual document that outlines the organization’s efforts to increase our membership and ratings program participation.

Election Plan
The Board approved the 2010 Board Election Plan, laying out the framework for conducting the election to fill four open board positions. See the Election Updates article below for more information about the Elections process.

Technical Committee Chair Term Limit
The Board voted to approve a term limit of six consecutive years for the Technical Committee Chair position.

Compound Rating Verification Process
The Board approved a random testing verification process to verify the legitimacy of compound rating listings for single ply, shingle, and modified bitumen products. Under this process all products listed under a compound rating will be collected and tested under the CRRC Random Testing Program. The Board will be addressing the impact of a random testing failure of one of the listed compound rating products at upcoming BOD meetings.

Random testing proposal:

        •     If a product with a compound rating is selected for random testing, the CRRC will collect and test samples of all products covered by that compound rating.
        •     In order to pass random testing, all products must be within 0.05 of the SR and TE values of the compound rating.
        •     If the compound representative element product does not meet these requirements, it will be considered to have failed random testing and will follow the CRRC random testing process (see Procedure 1: http://coolroofs.org/documents/Procedure1.pdf).

Compound Rating Application
In response to the increase in types of compound rated products, the CRRC has released a Compound Rating Application, form F-3A. The Board approved this form at the February Board meeting. Licensees seeking a compound rating should submit the Compound Rating Application F-3A as an addendum to the Initial Product Application, form F-3. Form F-3A can be found here.

F-3 Application Modifications
CRRC applications processing staff noted that product applications need additional identifiers in order for staff to correctly identify products as they are removed form the test farm after three years of weathering. Some products have been mislabeled due to licensee product names that are almost identical to one another or changes in product names over the course of the three years. The Board approved changes to the Product Application Form (F-3) to include a box for a manufacturer SKU# to be entered, as well as changes referencing the Compound Rating Application, form F-3A. The latest version of Form F-3 can be found here. See the Updates to the Initial Product Rating Application article in the General Updates section for more details.

Electronic Signature Language for Agreements and Applications

In line with a previous Board decision to accept electronic signatures, all CRRC applications and agreements have been modified to include the electronic signature option when applicable. See the Now Accepting Electronic Forms and Digital Signatures article in the General Updates section for more information.

Interim Tile Test Method Deadline Extension
The Board noted that the Interim Tile Test Method deadline was scheduled for June 2010 was not sufficient time to allow the High Profile Task Group to determine a final test method. The Board extended the deadline to December 31, 2010 as the next check-in point to assess the test method progress. The Board will continue discussing the deadline and the funding options for the Interim Tile Test Method at upcoming BOD meetings. See the Interim Tile Test Method Expiration Date article in the General Updates section for more details.

Rated Product Logo
The Board approved a Rated Product Logo design for use by CRRC Licensees with rated products in good standing. The Board also approved the Rated Product Logo License Agreement and the How Do I Use the CRRC Logo. Licensees interested in using the Rated Product Logo should contact Melissa@coolroofs.org. See the Introducing the Rated Products Logo article for more information.

Strategic Plan
The CRRC 5-year Strategic Plan has been approved by the Board! This process was kicked off in the fall of 2008. A Strategic Planning Committee of diverse CRRC stakeholders was formed to develop the plan, and over the course of 2009 they proposed a plan that included action plans for improvements to the existing CRRC program, as well as expansion opportunities. The Planning Committee then worked with the Board to finalize an approved version of the plan. The CRRC thanks the following planning committee members for their time and effort in developing the 5-year plan:

Mike Ennis, Board Representative & Planning Committee Chair
Don Portfolio, PRI Construction Materials Technologies
Hashem Akbari, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Frank Klink, 3M
Jim Leonard, ER Systems
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.

Date Change for Renewals Deadline
In recognition that CRRC annual renewals deadline date of January 1st conflicts with some licensees and members yearly budgeting needs, the CRRC Board approved extending the renewals deadline to February 1st of each year, allowing companies the option to pay in the new calendar year, instead of the closing year. The CRRC will still release the renewals invoices in November of each year.

Renewals Late Fee Modification
The Board approved a modification to the late fee charge that was added this year to overdue renewals payments: membership renewals will not be charged late fees. Overdue licensee and product rating fees will still be subject to late fee charges.

Board of Directors Meeting Recap — April

On April 22, 2010 the Board held a conference call meeting. As too many topics were on the table for the Board to address in this 2 hour meeting, the Board added a conference call meeting on May 20. The following decisions were made at the April Board meeting:

Ratings for Molded Textured Product Shapes
The Board approved the Technical Committee proposal: a Licensee of polymer textured products will initially measure all of the textures to determine the lowest reflectance and use the texture with the lowest reflectance for reporting the CRRC initial and aged values. The lowest reflectance profiled product will be sent to weather at the test farm. See the Ratings for Polymer Textured Products article in the Technical Update section for more details.

High Profile Test Method Study Cost Estimate & Deadline
The Board discussed the possibility of internally funding the profile test method, in order to support the development of a permanent CRRC test method for rating tile and profiled products. The Board requested additional information including a plan of action for the study, as well as a cost estimate.

Fee Reduction for the CRRC Lab Training
The Board approved reducing the Lab Training fee from $1,000 down to $350 for CRRC members/licensees and $500 for non-CRRC members/licensees. See the Lab Training article in the General Updates section for more details.

Board Elections Update

The CRRC Board of Directors has four positions opening up this year, two Class A member positions and two Class B member positions. Board member candidates have been nominated by the CRRC membership and voting will commence on May 5th and end on June 4, 2010. Election results will be announced to all CRRC members by June 14th. The newly elected Board of Directors will convene and vote on officer positions at the June 23rd Board meeting. If you have any questions about the CRRC Election process, please contact Karl@coolroofs.org.

Annual Membership Meeting Speakers

Mark your calendars for CRRC’s Annual Membership Meeting on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas! This year’s meeting will occur in conjunction with the Western States Roofing Contractors Association’s Western Roofing Expo 2010 and promises to be an event you will not want to miss. We have an excellent panel of diverse speakers who are prepared to share their unique perspectives on the cool roofing industry. Our panel this year includes:

Kermit Robinson — Member of the International Code Council Senior Technical Staff whose responsibilities in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) included cool roofs. The IGCC initiative focuses on green building design and performance in new and existing commercial buildings.
Jim Hoff — Research Director at the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR), an advocate for the roofing industry in public policy decisions and developer of RoofPoint™, a comprehensive energy, materials, water and life-cycle roadmap for the development of sustainable commercial roofing systems.
Tony Tanner — Executive Director of the Roofing Tile Association of Australia (RTAA) who will share his perspective on current trends in the Australian roofing industry.