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In This Issue:

General Updates / Administrative

Remembering Marty Hastings

Annual Renewals

Random Testing Update

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

Technical Committee Officer Changes

September 22 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

September 8, 2011 Board Meeting Updates

November 16, 2011 Board Meeting Updates

Evaluation Services Cool Roof Rating Council

Evaluation Services CRRC Program Update

Ratings, Codes and Programs

ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard: Second Public Comment Period is Open

Membership and Outreach

Website Redesign Update

International Outreach Update

General Updates / Administrative

Remembering Marty Hastings

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Marty Hastings, longtime CRRC Board member, Treasurer and Technical Committee member. Marty was wonderfully dedicated to the CRRC and will be greatly missed. Through his notable career, Marty Hastings made significant contributions to the factory applied coating industry and with this extensive experience, he helped guide the CRRC.

Marty served on the CRRC Board and Technical Committee since 2006 and as our Board Treasurer since 2007. His dedication to the organization extended beyond volunteering for the above positions to participation on many of CRRC’s subcommittees including our Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, ENERGY STAR Certification Body Task Group, and Fee Assessment Task Group. He came equipped to CRRC meetings with an upbeat attitude, ensuring that we approached business with a little laughter.

The CRRC Community remembers Marty:

“I knew Marty for over 25 years. He always had a zest for life and especially loved to talk about sailing. When I think of Marty, his charm and sense of humor come to mind. His love of the painted metal industry was obvious in all he did. He will be missed.” — Scott Kriner, Technical Committee Chair

“Marty always had a good word, a smile for all his colleagues, and usually a joke. Marty loved to talk and always liked to throw in some odd phrases to see who was paying attention. Humor and Marty went together very well. A lot of the people in the world of coatings and certainly the CRRC and cool roof movement will miss Marty, as will I.”

— Marlene Garrow, Valspar Corporation


Photo courtesy of Marlene Garrow

“Marty Hastings,
on-site for field testing in South Florida, takes a moment from test panel set-up to record the memory, casting a well-humored working pose.”

Annual Renewals

The online Renewals system was opened to all CRRC participants in early November. All Licensees and Members received an email with a login and password for the online Renewals payment system. We are continuing to accept credit card payments through Google Checkout. You also have the option to send us a check.

Please note that Renewal payments are due February 1, 2012. To encourage timely payments and maintain an equitable process for licensees who do pay before the deadline, the CRRC will continue enforcing a nominal late fee charge. The late fee charge is 1% of your total payment per month; therefore, it will accrue by 1% for each additional month that the payment is late. The late fee structure is as follows:

Payment received Late Fee*
On or before February 1, 2012 None
February 2 - March 1, 2012 1% of total payment
March 2 - April 1, 2012 2% of total payment

*In accordance with the Board of Directors June vote, the late fee will apply only to Licensee and product fees, not to Membership Fees.

If payment is not received by April 1, 2012 we will terminate membership and/or licensee status and all products, as applicable. 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 or concerns at any point in the Renewals process, please do not hesitate to contact Alexis at [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x279.

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. Products that do not pass random testing are removed from the Rated Products Directory.

We have successfully completed our 2009 random testing program. While the majority of products complete random testing within a year, often a few outstanding products that require retesting postpone the close of that year’s program. Below are the final 2009 results:

2009 Random Testing Status Number of Products
Completed & Passed 68
Failed 2
No Longer Sold 9

The 2010 random testing program is in its final stages with the current results below (“Awaiting Re-Testing” are products that have failed their first or second round of testing, out of a possible total of three tests, thus are not yet considered “failed” products):

2010 Random Testing Status Number of Products
Completed & Passed 73
Collection in Process 6
No Longer Sold 3
Awaiting Re-Testing 10

The 2011 random testing program is ramping up with 133 products with the following breakdown:

2011 Random Testing Status Number of Products
Completed & Passed N/A
Collection in Process 63
Samples Awaiting Testing 64
No Longer Sold 6
Awaiting Re-Testing N/A

Once each annual round of random testing is completed, we will mail result letters to all licensees who had products tested. If you have any questions about random testing, please contact Ethan Guy at [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x237.

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

The CRRC Technical Committee held its most recent meeting on September 22, 2011, in San Francisco, CA. A conference call meeting is being scheduled for mid to late January, The next in-person meeting will be held on March 14, 2012 in Dallas, TX.

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 [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x288.

Technical Committee Officer Changes

At the September 9th Board of Directors Meeting, the Board elected Darrel Higgs to the CRRC Board, which rendered him ineligible to serve as a main voting member of the Technical Committee, and hence no longer eligible to serve as the Committee Vice Chair. Rich Slomko of Atlas Material Testing Services was elected as the new Vice Chair during the September 22 Technical Committee meeting. Mr. Higgs was made a voting alternate to Bill Morgan of Malarkey Roofing. Additionally, the Board selected Kurt Shickman of the Global Cool Cities Alliance to replace Neelam Patel from the US EPA as a main voting member of the Technical Committee.

September 22 Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Slide Method Study
Data collected from nine different labs was presented comparing ASTM C1371 to the Slide Method. The CRRC studied the Slide Method in order to determine if it more accurately measured products of high thermal resistance. The Method prevented excess heat gain in samples that demonstrate poor conductance and was found to result in more reliable thermal emittance results. The Committee approved using the Slide Method on any sample with a thermal conductance less than 1100 W/m2K, a threshold indicated in C1371. This recommendation will be presented to the CRRC Board of Directors.

This image shows the pattern at which the emissometer is moved across the sample for the slide method.

Reflectometer Version Discussion

Following on the heels of a discussion at the July 26 Technical Committee meeting, the Committee continued the discussion regarding the version upgrade of the Reflectometer device. Specifically the Committee considered whether labs using version 6 of the Reflectometer should continue to use the version 5 emulation mode or adopt the upgraded b891 output mode. The Committee requested to review all previous Reflectometer Study data and tabled the topic until the next meeting.

Round Robin Results
Each year CRRC AITLs must participate in an annual Round Robin testing assessment. Staff presented data from the 2010 Round Robin cycle, looking at comparisons to the average of lab-tested values as well as the database value. The CRRC Program Manual requests a comparison to the database, standing in contrast to the purpose of the Round Robin to check for lab consistency. The Committee moved to update the manual language to focus on lab consistency.

Granule Products
The Committee heard a presentation from the natural granule product industry and discussed different options for this product type to obtain CRRC ratings.

Wood Products
The wood products working group proposed an interim test method to rate wood roofing products. The proposal included creating batches of light, medium and dark samples in order to capture the greatest range of color variation in the product, and testing each batch using CRRC-1 Test Method #1 for reflectance. The batches will have random sample points taken for reflectance measurements until a standard error of 0.02 is reached with a minimum of 30 points. For emittance, the Committee suggested employing the Slide Method.

Additionally, the three geometries of cedar products, hand-split shakes, shingles, and tapersawn shake, will have the option of consolidating into one compound rating by aging the geometry which tests the lowest in initial solar reflectance testing. The Committee accepted this proposal to recommend to the Board of Directors, and the CRRC hopes to see wood roofing products in its directory in the near future!

Directionally Reflective Products
The working group presented ongoing research on rating products whose reflectance changes with angle. Computer models weighed different factors such as latitude, roof pitch, and azimuth, and found roof pitch to have the largest impact on reflectance. The presentation discussed possible rating formats either as an “equivalent” reflectance value or presenting a range of values for different pitches.

The Committee heard a presentation on the self-cleaning surface treatment product, PURETI, whose manufacturer was looking for direction on how to get their product rated with the CRRC. The clear product barely registered a change in reflectance or emittance on a control sample. The Committee advised PURETI to submit ratings with the surface treatment on specific products, if CRRC ratings were desired.

Accelerated Aging Study
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) staff provided an update on creating an accelerated laboratory aging technique to mimic the three year aging process currently used for CRRC ratings. The three day technique currently can replicate the three site aged average values well, but hasn’t yet accurately captured reflectance loss due to microbial growth. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is currently researching microbial growth. LBNL is validating their model with hundreds of actual aged samples.

Title 24 — 2013 Proposals
The Committee reviewed and discussed the current proposed changes to California’s Title 24 Energy Code for 2013, including the proposed calculation for computing aged ratings which would modify the coefficient for field applied coatings to age more aggressively.

Technical Committee Working Groups
Several working groups are currently operating within the Technical Committee. Please email Jeff at [email protected] if you are interested in joining any of these groups.

•   Directionally Reflective Products: The working group is developing a proposed test method while investigating the variables in the computer models used to predict performance.
•   Electronic Gauges: A Round Robin study to compare electronic gauges to micrometers for measuring field-applied coatings is in the works.
•   Solar PV & Cool Roofs: The working group is looking for research partners and discussing parameters for a cool roof and PV study.
•   ASTM E1918: The working group is currently planning a precision and bias study for the standard. Once the study is completed, the working group may advise additional changes or updates to the standard.
•   ASTM E408: The working group is looking at revising the standard to include new measuring instruments.

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

September 8, 2011 Board Meeting Updates

On September 8, 2011, the CRRC Board of Directors gathered on a 2–hour conference call. The following items were approved at the meeting:

Class A Board Vacancy
The Board appointed Darrel Higgs to fill the vacant position that Jim Baker (who had previously represented ARMA on the CRRC Board) had held.

CRRC Vice Chair & Treasurer
George Daisey graciously volunteered to serve as the CRRC Treasurer, on top of his position as the Board Vice Chair.

CRRC Website Redesign Efforts
The Board approved a contract with Celery Design Collaborative to create a new and improved CRRC website.

ANSI CRRC–1 Standard & Reference Guide
The Board approved a reference guide to help clarify use of the ANSI Standard with the CRRC–1 Program Manual.

November 16, 2011 Board Meeting Updates

On November 16, 2011, the CRRC Board of Directors gathered in San Francisco, CA for an all-day, in-person meeting. The following items were approved at the meeting:

Marty Hastings Tribute Award
The CRRC will establish an annual award for outstanding contributions to the organization, in the name of Marty Hastings. This award will be distributed at the June Membership Meeting.

Board Vacancies
The Board appointed Lynne Christiansen of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau to serve the remainder of Marty Hastings term (through 2014). The Board appointed Hal Leland (to represent RRCI) to fill a vacant position on the Technical Committee that Jim Leonard previously occupied. The Board filled Marty Hastings’ position on the Committee with Frank Klink of 3M.

Slide Method Approval
The Board approved the use of the Slide Method to rate the thermal emittance of products of high thermal resistance, as defined by products that are not on a metal substrate. The Board acknowledged that this language was not the exact same as recommended by the Technical Committee, hence they requested that the Committee review the language at their next meeting.

Wood Product Rating Test Method Approval
The Board approved the Wood Product Rating Test Method, using CRRC–1 Test Method #1 with a standard error of 0.02 for solar reflectance and the Slide Method for thermal emittance.

Thickness Test Method
The Board approved exchanging ASTM D1669 with ASTM D1005 for measuring the thickness of field applied coatings.

Test Result Report
The Board approved modifying the CRRC Test Results Report to clarify that the thickness of each panel must be within 20% tolerance of the manufacturer recommended thickness, not the average thickness of all 9 panels, as is currently implied.

CRRC-1 Program Manual Language Changes

•  The Board approved modifications to the Tile Test Method language for clarification purposes. No changes were made to the method.
•  The Board approved clarifying language changes to metal products, to specify that all metal products can be measured with flat samples, as opposed to profiled samples.

CRRC-1 Test Method #1
The Board approved that products tested with the CRRC-1 Test Method #1 must include a submission of the Excel file of measurements. Currently the Test Results Report does not include enough spaces for all of the CRRC–1 Test Method #1 data points.

Random Testing Protocol
The Board approved modifying the Random Testing protocol to fail products that test 0.05 above the original product rating, in addition to failing products that test 0.05 below the original product rating. This change in Random Testing protocol will be implemented in the 2012 Random Testing program.

Re–Testing CRRC Ratings Task Group
The Board has formed a task group to develop a protocol for the CRRC to handle changes/updates to CRRC test methods. Past Board discussion has included modifying the Random Testing protocol to test using the most current test method, disclosing which test method was utilized, or retesting all products. The task group will investigate the option of retesting all CRRC ratings.

Next CRRC Board Meeting
The next Board meeting is scheduled as an in–person meeting on February 21, 2012 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo (IRE). If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email Sherry Hao at [email protected] to register.

Evaluation Services CRRC Program

Evaluation Services CRRC Program Update

As the enhanced ENERGY STAR® program rounds out its first year, ES-CRRC has seen consistently strong growth in certified products. While many products are also CRRC–certified, ES–CRRC has attracted a large amount of participation by manufacturers who are not yet Licensees with the CRRC. The ES–CRRC program continues to be a strong outreach tool for the CRRC in the cool roofing industry.

Moving forward the ES–CRRC program is gearing up for its first Renewals cycle, which will begin in February 2012.

The ES–CRRC program currently has 839 Standard Products and 373 Color Family Elements listed on ENERGY STAR, for a total of 1212 products. About two–thirds of these products are also listed with the CRRC, with the remaining one–third only certified with ENERGY STAR.

ISO/IEC Guide 65
As mentioned in our last newsletter, ES–CRRC is currently in the process of becoming an ISO/IEC Guide 65 accredited Certification Body. Guide 65 outlines internationally accreditation for organizations seeking to operate a product certification system. This accreditation is the ES–CRRC’s final step in fulfilling the requirements set forth by the EPA for Certification Bodies participating in the ENERGY STARŪ Program.

ES–CRRC staff have been working over the past few months to prepare for the Guide 65 accreditation process. These efforts came to fruition during the in–person mid–September assessment, where the CRRC hosted an accreditation body representative to perform the initial Guide 65 assessment of the ES-CRRC program.

For more information on how to certify your products for ENERGY STAR through ES–CRRC, please visit our ENERGY STAR web page. If you are interested in choosing ES–CRRC as your Certification Body or have questions regarding the program, please contact Jessica Clark at [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x227. If you have any questions about the ISO–65 process, please contact Ethan Guy at [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x237.

Ratings, Codes and Programs

ANSI/CRRC–1 Standard:
Second Public Comment Period is Open

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 is currently ongoing throughout 2011—2012. See the table below for the ANSI standard development schedule.

The CRRC is accepting public comments on the CRRC–1 Standard until January 10, 2012. All members of the public have the opportunity to propose changes to the CRRC–1 Standard. Please note that the 2nd Public Review is limited to those subjects which were addressed by the CRRC Consensus Committee in the 1st Public Review. Please go to our Standards Development web page for more information and to download the Public Comment Form.

For any questions about the ANSI review process, please contact Alexis Wong at [email protected] or (510) 482-4420 x279.

ANSI Standard Development Schedule

Date Action
June 10, 2011 to
August 9, 2011
1st Public Comment Period (60 Days)
November 1, 2011 Final Consensus Body Ballots Due
November 18, 2011 to
January 17, 2012
2nd Public Comment Period (60 Days)
April 9, 2012 Final Consensus Body Ballots Due
May 9, 2012 Appeals from Public Commenters Due
August 8, 2012 Appeals Decision
October 8, 2012 ANSI Review Process Complete

Membership and Outreach

Website Redesign Update

The CRRC is excited to undertake the redesign of its website at The current website has not undergone any major revisions since its creation. We received positive feedback about the many great resources available on the site, but that it can sometimes be difficult to navigate. The goal of this project is to modernize the design and structure of the CRRC’s website and re–work the content to provide a simpler and more informative user experience. Here are the goals identified by the Website Redesign Task Group:

1.   Increase the CRRC’s impact by creating an improved website to communicate about cool roofs to the roofing industry, architects and contractors, the general public, and other interested parties.

2.   Modernize the website’s design, organization, and navigation.

3.   Improve user experience by creating user group specific content and navigation.

4.   Simplify content in order to make relevant content more accessible.

5.   Clarify the product rating process for CRRC licensees.

6.   Update the search function for the website’s Rated Products Directory.

International Outreach Update

Since 2010 the CRRC has shared best practices with international entities interested in developing a roof rating system. This effort has been conducted under the guidance and financial support of the US Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office. The CRRC has presented at international conferences in China, Japan, Thailand, and Brazil.

Many of the events are organized under the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, which unites economies across the world to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia–Pacific region. The CRRC has worked more directly with China and Thailand in developing and implementing a roof rating system, including harmonizing test methods and protocol for measuring the energy performance of roofing products.