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General Updates / Administrative

2011 Annual Membership Meeting is Almost Here

Additional 2011 Lab Training Date Added

CRRC Expands its Audience with New Continuing Education Course

Elections 2011: Update

Random Testing Update

Annual Renewals 2011: Update

Technical Update

Technical Committee Meeting Update

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Evaluation Services CRRC Program Update

ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard is Now Open for Public Comments

New York City Takes Steps to Increase Cool Roof Implementation

Membership and Outreach

Board of Directors Meetings Update

General Updates / Administrative

2011 Annual Membership Meeting is Almost Here

It’s that time of year again! The 2011 Annual Membership Meeting is upon us, and with compelling speakers and important technical and administrative updates, it promises to be an exciting event. This year the Membership Meeting will align with the WSRCA’s Western Roofing Expo 2011 in Reno, Nevada on Thursday June 9. It follows the June 8 Board of Directors meeting.

Additionally, if you are planning on attending the CEC Stakeholder Meeting in Sacramento on June 10, please note that Reno is only about a 2½ hour drive from Sacramento. So if you are traveling to the area for the CEC Meeting, this is a great opportunity to attend the CRRC Membership Meeting as well!

With several new developments in the past year, CRRC Board of Directors and staff have several updates to share with you. The meeting will include updates on ENERGY STAR® and the newly developed Evaluation Services Cool Roof Rating Council program, ANSI standard developments, and news on the latest CRRC technical studies. The CRRC has assembled a diverse panel of guest speakers who will discuss the latest cool roof research and emerging technologies, as well as progressive cool roof advocacy and outreach. Scheduled speakers include:

Travis Lindsey
Mr. Lindsey is the president of TLC Consulting Services and the founding president of the Southern Nevada chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). Mr. Lindsey will discuss his study, “Effects of Rooftop Exposure in Direct Sunlight on Conduit Ambient Temperatures”, which researches the impact that cool and conventional roofs have on electrical conduits.

Amy Dickie
The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) is an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing policies and actions that increase the solar reflectance of roofs and pavements in urban settings. The GCCA has recruited cities around the world to commit to widespread implementation of cool surfaces by 2020. Acting Executive Director Amy Dickie will present the organization’s latest achievements, including their work in cool surface code adoption, financial mechanisms, and research.

Paul Berdahl
Mr. Berdahl is a staff scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Heat Island Group. He is a materials specialist and has worked on several key studies regarding cool roofing materials. Mr. Berdahl will present the Heat Island Group’s most recent work in its advanced surfaces and accelerated aging projects.

This year’s Membership Meeting will be an event you won’t want to miss.

Who: All CRRC members, and any interested body may attend
What: The Annual CRRC Membership Meeting
Where: The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, NV
When: Thursday June 9, 2011, 9am — 5pm
Register for the Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday June 9
Note: At this registration page you can also sign up to attend the Board meeting on June 8.

If you have any questions about either meeting, please contact Jessica Clark at jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227.

Additional 2011 Lab Training Date Added

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the annual lab training workshop, the CRRC has added an additional course to its 2011 schedule. The workshop will be held on Friday August 19, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) 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 E1918)
           •  Reflectometer (ASTM C1549 & CRRC-1 Test Method 1
        & Interim Tile Test Methods)
    2) Thermal emittance with an Emissometer (ASTM C1371)
    3) Coating thickness measurement using a caliper or other thickness gauge (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 August 19 Lab Training.

CRRC Expands its Audience with New
Continuing Education Course

With the success of its 2009 Continuing Education Course in GreenBuild Magazine, the CRRC has updated the course, this time reaching a larger and more diverse group of readers than ever before. The newly updated course, entitled “Cool Roofs for Hot Projects”, was featured in the May 2011 issue of Architectural Record, as well as McGraw Hill’s Continuing Education Site. In Architectural Record, the course reached over 120,000 subscribers and was distributed at the AIA 2011 National Convention.

The course was revised to cover the latest concepts and emerging technologies in cool roofing. It features new sections on incorporating cool roofing into projects with solar and green roofs, as well as a discussion on comprehensive and passive solar design. It also includes an extended section on what’s next in cool roofing technologies, and case studies on global cool roof success stories and cool roof advocacy. The course may be taken to earn one AIA/CES HSW/SD learning unit, and is under review by the US Green Building Council for LEED Continuing Education credits. You can check out the course here.

If you have any questions about the Continuing Education Course or its development process, please contact jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227.


“Cool Roofs for Hot Projects” was featured in the May 2011 issue of Architectural Record.

Elections 2011: Update

The CRRC is proud to announce the election of one new Class A and one new Class B Board member as well as the reelection of one Class A and one Class B Board member. The election results for 2011 are:

* Marty Hastings — Class A (Dura Coat Products)
Rick Olson — Class A (Tile Roofing Institute)
* Payam Bozorgchami — Class B (California Energy Commission)
Bipin Shah — Class B (WinBuild Inc.)

The CRRC would like to thank the two outgoing Board members. CRRC Board members donate a significant portion of their time to help guide the CRRC. The organization is sincerely grateful for the years of service and participation each of the following Board members dedicated to the CRRC:

Matt Kolb — Class A (National Coatings Corporation)
George Malek — Class B (Commonwealth Edison)

The newly elected Board of Directors will convene and vote on officer positions at the June 8th Board Meeting.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s election and we look forward to another successful year under the leadership of the CRRC Board of Directors! If you have any questions about the CRRC Election process, please contact karl@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x281.

Random Testing Update

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 Licensed Seller products in order to guarantee that their reflectance and emittance numbers match their listed values.

The 2010 random testing process is wrapping up. We will mail a result letter to all licensees who had products tested, and results will also be presented at the June Membership Meeting. The 2011 random testing process has commenced and 133 products have been selected for verification. If you have any questions about Random Testing, please contact Ethan Guy at ethan@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x237.

Annual Renewals 2011: Update

Thank you to all CRRC participants who completed their 2011 Renewals by the February 1st deadline! This is our third year using the online Renewals system and we hope to continue making further improvements to the system.

If payment was not received by May 1, 2011, membership and/or licensee status and all products, as applicable have been terminated. In order to reinstate your status after termination, companies must pay the full renewals invoice amount in addition to a 3% reactivation fee.

If you have any questions on the Renewals process or would like to reinstate your status, please do not hesitate to contact Alexis Wong at alexis@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x279.

We welcome any feedback or suggestions as it will help us improve the system for next year. Please send Alexis your comments regarding your experience with the online renewals process.

Technical Update

Technical Committee Meeting Update

The CRRC Technical Committee held its most recent meeting on May 11, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Upcoming Technical Committee Meetings include:

• August 3, Conference Call
• September 22, San Francisco in-person meeting

Technical Committee meetings are open to all interested participants. If you would like to be added to the Technical Topics email list, please contact Kendra Kallevig-Childers at kendra@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x240.

Technical Committee Roster Changes
At the February Board of Directors Meeting, the Board decided to add a sixteenth position to the Technical Committee roster for representatives of our Accredited Independent Test Laboratories. Dave Yarbrough from R&D Services, Inc. has accepted this position, and Tyler Westerling from Architectural Testing, Inc. is his alternate. Additionally, Cindy Campbell from Momentum Technologies replaced Don Portfolio from Gardner Gibson as a voting alternate on the Committee.

New Tile Blend Test Procedure
At the most recent Board Meeting on April 14, 2011, the Board voted to amend rating procedures for tile blend assemblies in an effort to alleviate confusion for both manufacturers and laboratories. Tile blends are defined as tile assemblies composed of two or more individual tile colors. In the past, manufacturers were to submit a 9–tile assembly representing the ratio of the blend for testing. It came to our attention that this method was unclear to manufacturers and that not all blended assembly ratios can be accurately represented by nine tiles.

The new rating procedure for tile blends is to rate each individual color, and then use a weighted average based on the percent ratio of each color to calculate the rating for the blend. Each tile blend will have its own name and product ID in the Rated Products Directory, and there will be no additional fee to rate the blend. This method will result in a more consistent rating process, allowing manufacturers to accurately rate an unlimited number of tile blends at no additional cost (please note that the standard fees will apply to rate each individual color).

Tile blends require an addendum application, CRRC F–3B, to be submitted with both the initial and aged rating applications for the individual colors. The CRRC F–3B can also be submitted on its own to rate a blend of individual colors already in the Rated Products Directory. CRRC F–3B can be downloaded here.

Predictive Aging LBNL Study
The Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has released a new paper with an analysis of the predictive aging formula currently used by California’s Title 24 Building Code compared to actual three year aged product data. The paper analyzes the compliance rates per product type using the existing formula, and suggests new formulas, specific by product type, as predictors of aged ratings. Please contact Kendra Kallevig-Childers at kendra@coolroofs.org if you would like receive a copy of the paper.

Technical Committee Task Groups
Several tasks groups are currently operating within the Technical Committee. Please email Kendra at kendra@coolroofs.org if you are interested in joining any of these groups.

    •   Cedar Shake Task Group: The CRRC is working to develop rating procedures for natural cedar shake products. This group will determine the next steps for conducting a long–term weathering study for cedar shakes.
    •   Directionally Reflective Products Task Group: At the May 11 Technical Committee meeting, Matt Botke from Incognito Green Building and Kirk Bailey from Cool Angle Technology presented information about their new directionally–reflective roofing products. This task group will work on developing test methods to rate these unique products.
    •   Electronic Gauges: This task group will develop a round robin study to determine whether the CRRC should allow electronic gauges to be used for testing field–applied coating and single–ply product thickness.
    •   Solar Task Group: The solar task group is preparing a study proposal regarding the interaction between solar photovoltaic systems with cool roofs to present at the August Technical Committee meeting.
    •   E1918: A task group is being formed to write a statement of work and cost estimate for a precision and bias study of this test method.


Study Updates
Two Technical Committee studies are currently in progress, testing the Slide Method and the D&S Version 6 Reflectometer.

    •   Slide Method
The Slide Method is a method for using an emissometer to more accurately measure the thermal emittance of products with high thermal resistance, such as tile. Data from three of nine labs has been collected and the results will be discussed at the August Technical Committee meeting.
    •   Version 6 Reflectometer
Devices & Services, manufacturer of the Reflectometer, has recently upgraded this device from Version 5 to Version 6. There is an option to run Version 6 in a “Version 5 Emulation mode.” In a previous study, Version 5 Emulation Mode was found to be comparable to Version 5. The current study compares Version 6 to Version 5 Emulation Mode. Data from three of six labs has been collected and the results will be presented at the August Technical Committee meeting.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

Evaluation Services CRRC Program Update

On Monday March 21st, the Board of Directors voted to create Evaluation Services CRRC (ES-CRRC), to serve as the CRRC’s Certification Body for the ENERGY STAR® Program. The ES–CRRC program will expand services offered by the CRRC and allow it to reach a wider audience of the roofing industry.

The ES–CRRC Program is a significant change from the original program implemented in December 2010, when the EPA recognized the CRRC as a Certification Body. The original program required that all products seeking ENERGY STAR certification be rated under the CRRC program. ES–CRRC allows all ENERGY STAR Partners to rate their products under ENERGY STAR protocol, regardless of whether or not their products are rated through the CRRC. While the ES–CRRC Program is separate and distinct from the CRRC Product Rating Program, the unique relationship between the programs allows the ES–CRRC to offer reduced rates for products that are listed in both programs.

With nearly 100 companies re–qualifying or certifying over 1,100 products thus far, the ES–CRRC has had a successful start. Additionally, ES–CRRC has implemented a paperless system, designed to not only decrease the operation’s carbon footprint, but allow ES–CRRC to increase productivity and extend the saving to customers. We would like to extend a deep thank you to all members who have chosen ES–CRRC as their Certification Body.

For more information on how to certify your ENERGY STAR products through the ES–CRRC please visit www.coolroofs.org. If you are interested in choosing ES–CRRC as your Certification Body or have questions regarding the program, please contact Jessica Clark at jessica@coolroofs.org or (510) 482-4420 x227.

ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard is Now Open
for Public Comments

We are now accepting public comments on the CRRC–1 Standard until July 12, 2011. All members of the public have the opportunity to propose changes to the CRRC–1 Standard. Please visit our Standard Review page for more information, view the Consensus Body roster, and to download a copy of the standard and the Public Comment Form.

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 enables 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 will take place in 2011—2012.

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

New York City Takes Steps to Increase Cool Roof Implementation

The City of New York has been experiencing a thriving cool roof movement, spurred largely by effective outreach by the NYC Service and Department of Building’s NYC Cool Roof program. With a white roof requirement already in place in the 2008 Building Code, the city is looking to further define and enhance their cool roof code with Bill Number 347–A. According to Mayor Bloomberg at an April 25 public hearing, the bill would:

“…more closely align the existing white roof requirements in the 2008 Building Code with the performance–based ‘cool roof’ standards for emissivity and reflectivity prescribed by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The proliferation of dark surfaced roofs in the City contribute greatly to the ‘urban heat island’ effect, by which dense urban areas experience increases in summer temperatures relative to neighboring communities. This bill compliments ongoing efforts to reduce the urban heat island effect, such as the NYC Cool Roofs collaboration between NYC Service and the Department of Buildings.”

To learn more about the public hearing, which also included bills on solar photovoltaic installation and co–generation building codes, read the entire press release here.

Membership and Outreach

Board of Directors Meeting Update

On February 15, 2011, the Board of Directors held an in‐person meeting in Las Vegas. The Board scheduled a conference call meeting for March 21 to discuss and vote developing a separate ENERGY STAR Certification Body program. To close out the quarter, the Board held a conference call meeting on April 14.

         February 15, 2011 BOD Meeting
    •     The Board approved the 2011 Election Plan and the 2011 Marketing Plan.
    •   The Board approved moving forward with a website upgrade under the guidance of a task force.
    •   Valspar presented a request that the Board create a separate ENERGY STAR Certification Body program. The current CRRC CB program required products to be rated under the CRRC Rated Products Program for certification under ENERGY STAR. As such the stricter CRRC Product Rating Program protocol, not ENERGY STAR protocol, was enforced. The Board voted to establish a task group to design a separate program and fee structure.
    •   The Board approved allowing licensees to convert a standard product into a color family product for a fee of $120 per product conversion. To convert a standard product, the colorimetry properties of the product must be submitted along with initial reflectance and emittance ratings for two samples. The CRRC–1 Program Manual language for section 3.11 was modified accordingly.
    •   The Board rejected the proposal to allow Licensed Seller products that reference color family representative element Other Manufacturer ratings to use the actual tested ratings as opposed to default color family values. It was stated that the color family program was designed for manufacturers to accept the conservative default values in exchange for rating them in groups.
    •   The Board approved adding more CRRC Accredited Independent Testing Laboratories (AITL) to the Technical Committee Roster, such that one AITL would be provided a main voting position, and two AITLs would be placed in alternate voting positions.
    •   The Board approved a 2–year rewrite for the cool roof continuing education course, published by McGraw Hill. The rewrite will run in Architectural Record.

         March 21, 2011 BOD Meeting
    •   The Board approved the creation of a separate ENERGY STAR Certification Body program, called Evaluation Services CRRC. The ES–CRRC program will follow the certification protocol outlined by the ENERGY STAR verification program and Qualified Roof Program Specification. The Board also approved the fee structure for the ES–CRRC, including a discount for products listed under both the CRRC Product Rating Program and the ES–CRRC certification program. Additionally, the Board chose to waive the fees for products of companies who had selected the CRRC as their CB as of March 21.
         April 14, 2011 BOD Meeting
    •   The Board approved specifying that AITLs use the most current test methods available for all types of aged products (as opposed to employing the test method used to establish the initial rating). Corresponding language was added to the CRRC–1 Program Manual.
    •   The Board approved the Technical Committee recommendation to use weighted averages of individual color ratings to create the rating for a tile blended assembly. The Board also decided to grandfather all previously rated tile blend ratings (rated before the April 14 Board decision), such that they do not need to be re–rated using the new protocol.
    •   The Board approved the changes to the CRRC–1 Program Manual, such that the ANSI standard is referenced appropriately. To reduce confusion the Board voted to include a reference guide to explain the changes to the Program Manual before it is publically released on the CRRC website.
    •   The Board approved to update the AITL/Test Farm Evaluation Process to follow one track for handling violations. The previous version allowed for two tracks, one for test method and sample preparation issues and the other for rating program protocol issues.
    •   The Board approved ES–CRRC documents including: the ES–CRRC Program Agreement, the Verification Testing Collection form, and the Aged Exposure Description form.
    •   The Board approved a budget of $50,000 to upgrade the CRRC website and provided a directive that the chosen website design firm would handle both the design and content management.
    •   The Board approved an investment policy for the CRRC.