In This Issue:
Ratings, Codes and Programs
Membership and Outreach
Happy New Year! 2007 was a wonderful year for the CRRC and we are happy to start off 2008 with many new participants. In 2007, the CRRC had 17 members and 19 licensees join the program, and 59 new rated products.
For those of you with outstanding membership, licensee or product renewal fees, the deadline for returned payment was January 1, 2008. Please remit payment for any outstanding fees immediately. As a reminder, we will not process any checks without the accompanying paperwork that was mailed to you with the original invoice. Thank you in advance for including all of the requested information.
Please be aware that unpaid membership fees will result in termination of your company’s CRRC membership, which means your company will be unable to use the CRRC membership logo or vote on CRRC issues at the June membership meeting. Furthermore, unpaid product renewal fees will result in suspension of the product until receipt of payment. Unpaid licensing fees will result in termination of licensing, and all rated products.
The CRRC is currently contracting with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to hold a lab training at the LBNL facility in Berkeley, CA in April. If you are interested in attending this lab training, please contact Michelle van Tijen (email@example.com) as soon as possible, and let her know how many spaces you would like to reserve. The class is open to a maximum of 10 attendees, so make sure to respond before spaces run out.
The training will include the following ASTM test methods for solar reflectance and thermal emittance: E903, C1549, C1371, and E1918, as well as CRRC-1 Test Method 1 and E1918 A (not yet a CRRC-approved test method).
The CRRC Board of Directors and staff are saddened to relay the resignation of longtime Board member, David Roodvoets. Mr. Roodvoets has served the organization since its inception, and has made invaluable contributions over the past ten years. The CRRC would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation of Mr. Roodvoets’ support, and to wish him luck in his future endeavors. He will be sorely missed.
The Board will vote on a replacement to serve the duration of Mr. Roodvoets’ term, and the Membership will vote on the appointment during the next Board of Directors election.
The CRRC would like to notify its participants that Specialized Testing is terminating its status as a CRRC Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory effective in 2008. The CRRC would like to thank Specialized Testing for their services, and to wish them luck in the future.
The CRRC is happy to announce that RI Ogawa & Associates, Inc. has become an Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory. The CRRC looks forward to collaborating with them. Click here for contact information: www.coolroofs.org/productratingprogram_laboratories.html.
In September 2007, the CRRC filed a Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) before ICANN, the governing body of the Internet, arguing that CRRC, Inc., a company that sells roofing products, infringed the intellectual property of the Cool Roof Rating Council through its website domain (www.crrcinc.com). Last month, the Arbitrator decided in favor of the Cool Roof Rating Council, agreeing that the crrcinc domain name is confusingly similar to the Cool Roof Rating Council’s mark, and further inferring that its use attempts to capitalize on this confusion for commercial gain. Following this decision, CRRC, Inc. was ordered to transfer the domain name to the Cool Roof Rating Council.
We are pleased to announce that the CRRC has submitted an application to become an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer. ANSI is a non-profit organization that coordinates the development of voluntary consensus standards. The CRRC is dedicated to meeting ANSI’s Essential Requirements, which require the process for standards development to be fair, open, and balanced.
The 30-day public comment period ended on January 14, 2008. The CRRC’s application can be viewed on our website at: http://coolroofs.org/documents/CRRCANSIASDApplication.pdf.
Next, the application materials will be sent via 3-week letter ballot to ANSI’s Executive Standards Council’s (ExSC) Subcommittee on Accreditation (SC-A) for an approval recommendation, and afterward, to the full ExSC via a 30-day letter ballot.
ASTM’s subcommittee D08 officers have agreed to move ASTM Test Method E903, Standard Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres, into D08, and reinstate it. ASTM E903, along with methods E1918 and E1980, will form the basis for a new subcommittee within D08 on sustainability topics.
Re-Rating Subcommittee Meetings
The CRRC is holding conference calls to discuss the idea of a re-rating requirement with interested participants. Results of the discussions will be shared with the Technical Committee and the Board of Directors, and next steps decided upon. The CRRC is solely seeking participant input at this time. No decisions about whether a re-rating requirement is necessary or how it would work have been made yet by the CRRC.
Ratings, Codes and Programs
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is currently conducting a rulemaking to revise California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings (Title 24), which will likely take effect in the spring of 2009. Several changes to the cool roof prescriptive requirements have been proposed. The CRRC has summarized these changes for the convenience of CRRC participants. The CRRC does not intend to interpret the CEC’s regulations; please see the CEC’s documents for the full language of the proposed changes.
Several sections of the document outline the prescriptive requirements for several roofing categories, organized by construction type, occupancy type, slope, and roofing product density. Some new additions in this draft version of Title 24 include cool roof prescriptive requirements for steep slope and residential roofs, use of 3-year aged solar reflectance data, and establishes the requirements by climate zone, Also, many of the minimum requirements allow a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) calculation in lieu of individual solar reflectance and thermal emittance values. The minimum SRI values are calculated using a thermal emittance value of 0.85. Please click here to download an outline of the proposed prescriptive requirements. Note that there are exceptions to many of these requirements; please see the CEC document for details on these exceptions.
Also in the Title 24 document, section 10-113 establishes rules for implementing labeling and certification requirements relating to reflectance and emittance for roofing products. It designates the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) as the supervisory entity for radiative properties of roofing materials; no substantive changes have been made to this section. Section 118 explains that roofing products must be certified and labeled, and if not, will assume default ratings for aged reflectance and emittance values. The current document also provides a calculation to determine Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) values.
The official document “2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings,” with revisions, currently in the rulemaking phase, can be found at:
For a link to a California Climate Zone Map, please see:
The City of Houston is developing a building energy code, designed to exceed the code adopted by the State of Texas in 2003. The City of Houston's draft code includes a cool roof ordinance for low-sloped roofs based on the ASHRAE 90.1 section, which allows reduced insulation when a cool roof is used. The draft code initially only allowed solar reflectance values to be determined by ASTM E903, E1175, and E1918. However, after the CRRC urged the City to add ASTM C1549 to the list of acceptable test methods, the draft code was updated to include this as a fourth method of testing for solar reflectance.
Membership and Outreach
As a partner in the IRE Educational Alliance, the CRRC would like to note that there are many interesting presentations on cool roofs at the upcoming International Roofing Expo in February in Las Vegas. Panels include:
• Cool Roofs for Steep Slope Applications - Making your Green Building Design a Reality (Rick Olson and Jerry Vandewater)
• Cool, Garden, and Sustainable Roofs... What, Which, Why, When (Tim Leonard)
• Maximizing the Advantages of a "Cool Roof System" (Chris Salazar, James Hoff, André Desjarlais)