Getting a CRRC Product Rating

Product ratings are obtained through the use of the CRRC Online Rating Portal, a software platform that enables Licensees to conveniently submit product rating applications, pay CRRC fees, and manage their product listings from their computer. The Portal also allows CRRC-approved test labs to submit product data and facilitates the review and approval of applications by CRRC staff.

If you have not already become licensed with the CRRC, you will need to do so before you can obtain a CRRC Product Rating. Please click here for more information on becoming a Licensee. Questions can be emailed to the CRRC at info@coolroofs.org.

Product Rating Overview

Once you are licensed with the CRRC, there are a few other required steps for obtaining a CRRC product rating:

  1. Log into the CRRC Online Rating Portal (Portal) and start a draft product rating application (see Portal FAQs and Portal training videos for more information).

  2. Prepare your product sample (set of test specimens) in accordance with Chapter 3.0 and Appendix 5 (Product Rating Procedure Details: Initial and Aged Testing) of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

  3. Choose a CRRC Accredited Independent Test Lab (AITL) to conduct the initial testing, and send your product sample along with a CRRC Test Farm Notification (see below) to the AITL. Please contact the AITL directly to coordinate testing of samples and fees for their services.

  4. Contact a CRRC-approved Test Farm to coordinate three-year weathering and fees for their service.

  5. When the selected AITL has completed initial testing, they will provide you with a test results report and will enter the test results directly to the Portal (to the submitted application you already started in the Portal). The AITL will also send your product sample directly to the Test Farm for three-year weathering.

  6. When your product application (that contains the initial test results) in the Portal has been reviewed and approved it by CRRC, the initial radiative property ratings (solar reflectance, thermal emittance, and SRI) for the product will be automatically listed in the CRRC's online Rated Products Directory. The aged radiative property ratings will be listed as "pending" until the three-year weathering process and aged testing is completed.

  7. You will receive the official CRRC product label files via email. See the CRRC Label Product Label Guidance document on the All Forms webpage for information on how to properly use the CRRC product label.

  8. After three-year weathering is completed, the Test Farm will send the weathered product sample back to the AITL for aged testing. You will need to coordinate again with an AITL of your choice for aged testing. The AITL will submit the aged test results to the Portal (to the draft application you already started in the Portal) once aged testing is completed. See below tab ("Aged") for additional information on the aged rating process.

  9. Once the CRRC has reviewed and approved the aged test results in the Portal, the aged radiative property ratings will automatically be listed in the online Rated Products Directory. See CRRC Label Product Label Guidance document on the All Forms webpage for information on how to properly use the CRRC product label for aged ratings.

NOTE: The CRRC offers a variety of product rating types: Standard, Private Labeled, Color Family Groups, Aged, and Compound. Details for each product rating type are provided in the below tabs.

Interested in a Standard Product Rating?

Rating Information

To obtain a CRRC product rating, you will need to log into the CRRC Online Rating Portal to start the application process (see above).

The Standard Product Initial Rating Application fee is $250 per product.

All CRRC rated products are eligible for participation in the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 and Appendix 5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

Sample Selection and Preparation

For each Standard Roofing Product being tested (except composition shingles and variegated capsheets tested in accordance with CRRC Test Method #1), prepare a total of nine (9) specimens in accordance with CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual, Section 3.5.1, including randomly selecting specimens from two batches of your products. Specimen selection should be distributed as follows:

  1. Three specimens from one batch;

  2. Three specimens from second batch; and

  3. Three specimens, for which both batches must be represented.

For composition shingles and variegated product sample selection and preparation guidance,  see Section 3.5.5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

Remember to include a Test Farm Notification Form (CRRC-F-7) with your test specimens (product sample) that are shipped to the AITL of your choice.

CRRC Rated Products Logo

If you would like to use the Rated Products Logo to promote your CRRC Rated Product, please also sign and return the following agreement (CRRC-A-8). For more information about the Rated Products Logo, please read the CRRC Logo Use Requirements.

Rated Products Logo License Agreement (CRRC-A-8)

INTERESTED IN A PRIVATE LABEL PRODUCT RATING?

The company bringing the private labeled product to market must be registered as a CRRC Licensee and complete all necessary requirements thereof. This company can then rely on the test results from another CRRC Licensee.

In order to rate a private-labeled product, please log into the CRRC Online Rating Portal. 

​The Standard Product Initial Rating Application fee is $250 per product.

All CRRC rated products are eligible for participation in the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 and Appendix 5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

INTERESTED IN A COLOR FAMILY PRODUCT RATING?

The CRRC Color Family Program is designed for types of products that have thousands of colors within a narrowly defined color range (generally, factory-coated metal). The CRRC allows groups of colors that fit within this narrow range and are of a given binder/resin material technology to be rated as one group that shares a CRRC ID number.

Please review the the requirements listed in Sections 3.5.2 and 3.5.3, Appendix 6 (Color Family Program Procedures) in the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual for detail information on how to obtain a Color Family product rating.

Initial Rating

A designated Color Family Representative Element must be rated first before a company can establish a Color Family Group.  For the initial rating of a Color Family Representative Element, please log into to the CRRC Online Rating Portal to start the application process.

The initial Color Family Group fee is $225, which includes only the Representative Element (does not include the Additional Elements that are rated in the Color Family Group). Please remember to include a Test Farm Notification Form (CRRC-F-7) with the test specimens (product sample) that are shipped to the AITL for initial testing.

All CRRC rated products are eligible for participation in the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 and Appendix 5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

Color Family Additional Elements

Once the intial rating for a Color Family Representative Element has been obtained, you must rate each Color Family Additional Element separately.

The Color Family Additional Element initial rating fee is $55 per additional element.

All CRRC rated Additional Element products are eligible for participation in the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 and Appendix 5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

INTERESTED IN A COMPOUND RATING?

A compound product rating consists of two or more products that have the same surface formulation, same radiative properties, and are listed as one product on the CRRC Rated Products Directory. A compound rating consists of two or more products with descriptions listed in the “model” column of the Rated Products Directory, and requires that the worst performer of the group be tested.

Roofing product types that qualify for a compound rating are:  Single-ply membranes, shingles, modified bitumen, polymer-molded shake/slate/tiles, wood. See the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual for specific requirements.

Products submitted under a Compound Rating

  • For single-ply the thinnest product must be tested.
  • For shingle or modified bitumen the representative product must be submitted for testing.
  • For polymer-molded shake/slate/tile, all the shapes must be tested to determine the lowest solar reflectance. The shapes with the lowest solar reflectance will be used for the CRRC initial and aged ratings. The profiled product with the lowest solar reflectance will be sent to weather at the test farm.

Rating Information

For Compound Ratings, please log into the CRRC Online Rating Portal.

The Compound Ratings Application fee is an additional $250 per product.

All CRRC rated Additional Element products are eligible for participation in the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 and Appendix 5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual.

AGED PRODUCT RATING

The Test Farm will automatically forward a copy of the Test Farm Notification form (CRRC-F-7) to the CRRC.

There is no fee associated with an aged rating.

INTERESTED IN AN INTERIM, LABORATORY-AGED RATING?

A key part of the CRRC Product Rating Program is the three-year weathering process which informs consumers of product performance in the field over time. In order to accelerate product development and assist manufacturers in getting their products to market sooner, the CRRC has established the Rapid Ratings Program, which is based on the laboratory-aging practice in ASTM D7897. 

CRRC Rapid Ratings is an optional product rating process that results in interim laboratory-aged values. This process allows CRRC Licensees to list the laboratory-aged radiative property values at an accelerated rate—the aging simulation can be completed by an approved CRRC Rapid Ratings Lab in less than a week!

The Rapid Ratings process is not a substitute for three-year weathering at the Test Farm. These interim values are displayed in the CRRC Rated Products Directory and on the CRRC product label until the product completes the required three-year weathering process and aged testing. Upon completion of three-year weathering and aged testing, the three-year aged values replace the Rapid Ratings on the Rated Products Directory and CRRC product label. 

Rapid Ratings Instructions

To obtain a CRRC Rapid Rating, please log into the CRRC Online Rating Portal to start the Rapid Rating application process.

The Rapid Ratings product application fee is an additional $200 per product.

If you are submitting a Rapid Ratings application for a product that has not yet received an initial product rating, you must also follow the appropriate steps for submitting the initial product rating application for the correct roofing product type:

Testing Requirements:

The laboratory-aging simulation must be completed by an approved CRRC Rapid Ratings Laboratory. A list of approved CRRC Rapid Ratings laboratories is maintained in the product testing section of our website. In addition to the test specimens (product sample) that are sent to an AITL for initial testing, and to the Test Farm for three-year aging, an additional three specimens (required to be 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) in size) are required for Rapid Ratings.

Note: Once your product has been processed, the CRRC will email you the CRRC Rapid Rating Product Label files.