ES-CRRC® ENERGY STAR® Certification Process

Last update: September 22, 2015

The ES-CRRC® Program allows you to list your products on ENERGY STAR without rating your products through the CRRC Product Rating Program. If you do decide to list your products in both programs, the CRRC offers reduced rates and one-stop shop simplicity to gain ratings that are accepted by both ENERGY STAR and the California Energy Commission Title 24 program.

For more information, please reference the ES-CRRC® Program Manual.

It's as Easy as 1-2-3!

  • Step 1: Ensure that you are an ENERGY STAR Partner
  • Step 2: Submit product info and documents to ES-CRRC
  • Step 3: Receive confirmation from ES-CRRC that your product has been uploaded to the ENERGY STAR website

Please send all documents via email to our ES-CRRC Program Coordinator.

 

Step 1: Ensure that you are an ENERGY STAR Partner

  • Existing ENERGY STAR Products: Continue to Step 2.
  • If this is your first ENERGY STAR product certification, you must become an ENERGY STAR Partner. You will be required to provide your ENERGY STAR Partner ID number.
  • New Products (Not yet rated on ENERGY STAR): Check that your products meet the minimum performance values (outlined in Tables 1 and 2 below), reliability performance requirements, and test method requirements outlined in the ENERGY STAR® Roof Products Version 3.0 Specification. Find a list of EPA Recognized Laboratories here.

Table 1 – Solar Reflectance Specifications for Low-Slope Roof Products

Characteristic Performance Specification
Initial Solar Reflectance ≥ 0.65
Aged Solar Reflectance ≥ 0.50

Table 2 – Solar Reflectance Specifications for Steep-Slope Roof Products

Characteristic Performance Specification
Initial Solar Reflectance ≥ 0.25
Aged Solar Reflectance ≥ 0.15

 

Step 2: Submit product info and documents to ES-CRRC

New Products that are using CRRC Ratings:

New Products that are not using CRRC Ratings:

  • ES-CRRC Partner Agreement
  • Data Submission Form. Please complete the green columns.
  • Initial and aged test results reports.
  • Evidence of product specimen weathering for three years in three climate zones.
  • Complete payment. Please reference Table 3 for the ES-CRRC Program Fee Structure.

Table 3 – ES-CRRC Program Fees

ES-CRRC Program Fees Initial Year Annual Renewal
Annual Fee - New Standard Rating $175 $80
Annual Fee - New Color Family Group (Includes Representative Element) $175 $80
Color Family - Additional Element $50
Discount for products in both the CRRC and ENERGY STAR programs* $100 $80
Verification Testing - Only Charged if product is selected** ~$1196

*The CRRC Rating Program discount is for products listed in both programs. If a manufacturer has some products in the CRRC program and some solely in the ENERGY STAR program, then only those products in both the CRRC and ENERGY STAR program will receive the discount.

**Please note that this differs from the CRRC Product Rating Program, where Random Testing fees are factored into the Annual Renewal Fees. If a product listed with the CRRC and ENERGY STAR is chosen for both Random Testing (CRRC) and Verification Testing (ENERGY STAR) in the same year, then the CRRC will consider waiving those products Verification Testing fees. This price is an estimate of lab testing fees.

 

Step 3: Receive confirmation from ES-CRRC that your product has been uploaded to the ENERGY STAR website

All Products: ES-CRRC will send you a confirmation email with the ES-CRRC IDs for your ENERGY STAR products. This ID is a unique identifier for the ES-CRRC program, not for ENERGY STAR, and is used internally within the ES-CRRC Program to reference products. Please note that products in both the CRRC Product Rating Program and the ES-CRRC program will have two different IDs.

Questions? Please reference the ENERGY STAR Page or contact ES-CRRC with any questions at info@coolroofs.org or (866) 465-2523.

ENERGY STAR® Certification with ES-CRRC®

Last update: September 23, 2014

Energy Star Specification Version 3.0

On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Roof Products Specification and Test Method, effective July 1, 2017. Requirements in Version 3.0 will affect all products that do not have aged ratings based on three-year field exposure at test farms in three different climate zones. Materials related to this revision process are provided below. Partners and other interested parties with questions or concerns regarding these materials or the revision process can contact Steve Ryan, EPA.

Final Version 3.0 - December 20, 2013

EPA published the Final ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Program Requirements for Roof Products on December 20, 2013.

Roof Products Final Version 3.0 Cover Memo (49.5KB)
Roof Products Version 3.0 Program Requirements (305KB)

The Evaluation Services - CRRC Program (ES-CRRC®) gives you the opportunity to certify your ENERGY STAR products without rating your products through the CRRC Product Rating Program.

For more information, please reference the ES-CRRC® Program Manual.

Verification Testing Overview

As an ENERGY STAR Certification Body, CRRC certifies ENERGY STAR Products through the Evaluation Services-CRRC or ES-CRRC Program and is required by the EPA to administer Verification Testing. The CRRC administers the ES-CRRC Verification Testing of ENERGY STAR Products concurrently with the CRRC Random Testing Program. Products that are rated with CRRC and ENERGY STAR can be selected both for Random Testing and Verification Testing in the same year.

Each year, a small percentage of ES-CRRC ENERGY STAR products through are randomly selected to go through Verification Testing. If your product is selected for Verification Testing, procurement information will be requested from the ENERGY STAR product contact. Procurement information is required within two weeks of the initial notice. A third-party Quality Assurance Organization will then collect samples from the manufacturing facility and the samples will be tested by an AITL.

Only the solar reflectance is tested and a passing value either meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements. Products have only one chance to pass Verification Testing. ES-CRRC reports all products that fail Verification Testing to the EPA and the EPA will determine whether a failed product will be removed from the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products Directory. ENERGY STAR Partners are invoiced for all Verification Testing related expenses regardless of whether the product passes or fails.

Please see the ENERGY STAR website for more information about Verification Testing.

ENERGY STAR FAQs

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR was established in 1992 as a joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy. EPA describes ENERGY STAR as "a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." The ENERGY STAR label for roofing products was added to the program in 1999.

On January 1, 2011 the ENERGY STAR program was enhanced with several key changes to its procedures. Previously, manufacturer "Partners" self-tested products and reported results directly to EPA to receive ENERGY STAR labeling for their products. The enhanced ENERGY STAR program required Partners to work with EPA recognized Certification Bodies and test their products through EPA-recognized Laboratories.

Why should I choose the CRRC as my Certification Body?

The ES-CRRC Program offers a streamlined approach to product rating. You may choose to certify ENERGY STAR products using your existing ratings, or choose your own EPA-recognized lab to test your new products. The ES-CRRC program offers the flexibility to simultaneously rate your products in both the ENERGY STAR and CRRC Product Rating Program. ES-CRRC also offers reduced rates for participating in both programs.

The partnership between the CRRC and ENERGY STAR marries the rigorious standards of the Product Rating Program with the widespread consumer recognition of the ENERGY STAR program.

How does ES-CRRC differ from the CRRC Product Rating Program?

ES-CRRC offers ENERGY STAR Partners the opportunity to choose ES-CRRC as their Certification Body (CB) without rating their products through the CRRC Product Rating Program. All aspects of the ES-CRRC Program are completely separate from the CRRC Product Rating Program, including application processing and verification testing. Products are processed according to the protocol laid out in the ENERGY STAR® Roof Products Version 3.0 Specification, though existing certifications under Version 2.3 are still valid until July 1, 2017.

Do I need to join the CRRC to use ES-CRRC as my CB?

You do not need to become a licensee with the CRRC in order to use ES-CRRC as your CB. ES-CRRC is a completely separate program, with its own requirements, specification, and fee structure.

Will my ENERGY STAR products be listed on the CRRC Rated Products Directory?

ENERGY STAR Products will not be listed on the CRRC Rated Products Directory unless they are also rated through the CRRC Product Rating Program. The ES-CRRC Program serves as an EPA-recognized CB for the ENERGY STAR Program and is separate and distinct to the CRRC Product Rating Program. All ENERGY STAR products that are certified by ES-CRRC will be uploaded to the ENERGY STAR Roof Product List, displayed on the ENERGY STAR website.

May I choose to move all my products from the CRRC Product Rating Program to the ES-CRRC Program?

Both programs offer unique benefits. The CRRC Product Rating Program is a third party rating program, which allows you to show that your products have been rated by a nonbiased, reliable source. The ES-CRRC program certifies your products to be included in the ENERGY STAR Program. If you choose to no longer rate your products through the CRRC Product Rating Program, your products will be delisted from the CRRC Rated Products Directory and will no longer be accepted by the California Energy Commission's Title 24 program for its cool roof credit. You will also no longer be authorized to use the CRRC Rated Product Logo and Label on your products' packaging and specification sheets.

Certification Fees

The ES-CRRC fee structure is as follows:

ES-CRRC Program Fees Initial Year Annual Renewal
Annual Fee - New Standard Rating $175 $80
Annual Fee - New Color Family Group (Includes Representative Element) $175 $80
Color Family - Additional Element* $50
Discount for products in both the CRRC and ENERGY STAR programs** $100 $80
Verification Testing - Only Charged if product is selected*** ~$925

*A partner is allowed to condense Color Family elements into one listing per Color Family group (e.g. listing 100 products in 17 color family groups). This differs from EPA's previous policy of listing each Color Family element separately.

**The CRRC Rating Program discount is for products listed in both programs. If a manufacturer has some products in the CRRC program and some solely in the ENERGY STAR program, then only those products in both the CRRC and ENERGY STAR program will receive the discount.

***Please note that this differs from the CRRC Product Rating Program, where Random Testing fees are factored into the Annual Renewal Fees. If a product listed with the CRRC and ENERGY STAR is chosen for both Random Testing (CRRC) and Verification Testing (ENERGY STAR) in the same year, then the CRRC will consider waiving that product's Verification Testing fee. This price is an estimate of lab testing fees.

I am a CRRC Licensee and ENERGY STAR Partner. Do I receive the discounted rate for all my products?

You will receive the discounted rate for all products that are listed in both the CRRC Product Rating Program, and the ENERGY STAR program. You will not receive the discount on products that are only listed in the ENERGY STAR program.

Do I need to pay the Verification Testing fee?

You will only be required to pay the fee if your product is selected for Verification Testing. Please note that this differs from the CRRC Product Rating Program, in that the Verification Testing fee is not factored into the Annual Renewals fee. If your product is in both the CRRC Product Rating Program and the ES-CRRC Program and is chosen for both Random Testing and Verification Testing in the same year, then the CRRC will consider waiving your product's Verification Testing fees.

How long will it take to certify my products?

This process usually takes no longer than 15 days from when we receive all necessary paperwork. The CRRC submits an updated list of ENERGY STAR certified products weekly to EPA; however, EPA may update its list of Qualified Products on its website less frequently.

Key ES-CRRC Documents

CRRC Comments on ENERGY STAR Roof Products Specification Version 3.0 and Supplemental Technical Reasoning - 07/23/2012
CRRC is Approved for ISO/IEC Guide 65 Accreditation - 01/30/2012
Press Release: Cool Roof Rating Council Adopts the Evaluation Services CRRC Program - 03/25/2011
Press Release: Cool Roof Rating Council Named ENERGY STAR Certification Body for Roof Products - 12/20/2010
CRRC Email Update Regarding Certification Process Sent to Licensees - 12/20/2010
ENERGY STAR and the CRRC Email Sent to Licensees - 11/01/2010
CRRC Comments on ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Roof Products -- Partner Agreement - 10/01/2010
CRRC Comments on Final Draft Conditions and Criteria for Certification Bodies for the ENERGY STAR Program - 08/06/2010
CRRC Comments on the Draft Conditions and Criteria for Certification Bodies for the ENERGY STAR Program - 06/25/2010
CRRC Comments on the Draft Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Laboratories for the ENERGY STAR Program - 05/28/2010

Key ENERGY STAR Documents

ENERGY STAR Qualified Roof Product Specification Version 2.3 - Current Version
ENERGY STAR Qualified Roof Product Specification Version 3.0 - Cover Memo
ENERGY STAR Qualified Roof Product Specification Version 3.0 - Effective 7/1/2017
ENERGY STAR Q & A
ENERGY STAR Partner Resources Home Page
ENERGY STAR Third-Party Certification Home Page