Getting a CRRC Wall Product Rating

Once you are licensed with the CRRC Wall Rating Program, the following steps are required to obtain a CRRC Wall Product Rating.

  1. Select a participating Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory and Test Farm to coordinate the testing and weathering of your product samples. Testing and weathering fees are separate from CRRC fees and need to be coordinated directly with the Test Lab and Test Farm. See CRRC Accredited Test Labs and Test Farms for a list of approved labs.

  2. See the CRRC Wall Rating Program Fee Structure for the appropriate Product Rating fee.

  3. Complete the Product Rating Application (PRA) tab of the Product Rating Application/Test Results Report (PRA/TRR) Excel workbook, listing each product in a separate row. The CRRC will provide the PRA/TRR to the Wall Licensee once the Licensee application process is complete.

  4. List your Company Name and four-digit CRRC Wall Licensee ID at the top of the Product Rating Application tab in the PRA/TRR. Your Licensee ID can be found in your Wall Licensee Welcome Letter.

  5. If the PRA is a reference application, an OM Authorization Form (WF-4) is required to authorize the reference. In the form, the Licensed Seller (LS) is the company private labeling the product and the Other Manufacturer (OM) is the Licensee whose product you are referencing. A completed OM Authorization Form (WF-4) is required for each product rating in order to approve the reference application.

  6. For all other product rating applications, send the completed PRA/TRR to the Test Lab via email and ship the product sample prepared in accordance with the CRRC-2 Wall Product Rating Program Manual to the lab.

  7. The Licensee shall complete the WRP Test Farm Notification Form (WF-3) and include each product sample that will be sent to the Test Lab.

  8. When the Test Lab has completed testing, the Test Lab will submit the test results directly to the CRRC. The CRRC will invoice the Licensee when the test results have been received.

  9. Upon approval of Initial Test Results, the CRRC will provide you with the Notification of Product Rating certificate for each approved product, at which time the product rating will appear on the CRRC Rated Wall Products Directory.

If you have any questions about the Wall Rating Program product rating process, please contact the CRRC at [email protected] or contact Audrey McGarrell at 503-606-8448 x506.

Fees and Dues

See the CRRC Wall Rating Program Fee Structure for the appropriate Product Rating fee.

Rating Types

Sample Selection and Preparation

For each Standard Wall Product being tested, prepare a total of nine (9) specimens in accordance with CRRC-2 Wall Product Rating Program Manual Appendix 1, Section S.3.2, including randomly selecting specimens from two batches of your product. 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.

Remember to include a WRP Test Farm Notification Form (WF-3) with your test specimens (product sample) that are shipped to the Test Lab of your choice.

The Standard Wall Product rating fee is $250.

CRRC Rated Wall Products Logo

If you would like to use the Rated Wall Products Logo to promote your CRRC Rated Wall Product, logo use must comply with your signed CRRC Wall Rating Program Licensee Agreement. For more information about the Rated Products Logo, please see the CRRC Logo Use Requirements.

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

In order to rate a private-labeled product, submit a “Reference” application using the Product Rating Application/Test Results Report Excel Workbook. A completed OM Authorization Form (WF-4) must also be submitted for each product seeking a Reference rating. For a Reference rating, the completed PRA can be emailed directly to the CRRC, along with the OM Authorization Form, instead of being sent to a Test Lab.

Please note that the original manufacturer of the product must approve reference applications via the OM Authorization Form.

The Reference Wall Product rating fee is $250.

The CRRC Wall Color Family Program is designed for industries that have products available in thousands of color options. Since creating various colors involves simply altering the selection and levels of pigments, it is reasonable to assume that the performance of the product – within a narrowly defined color range – will behave similarly to other products of similar, but not identical, color. For this reason, the CRRC allows groups of colors that fit within these narrow ranges and are of a given product line to be rated as one group.

Architectural Coating Wall Products and Factory-Applied Coating (Metal) Wall Products are eligible for the Wall Color Family Program. Architectural Coatings have nine (9) established Color Families and Factory-Applied Coating (Metal) products have 17 established Color Families. Each distinct product line within a product type and Color Family must form its own Color Family Group.

Please review the requirements listed in Appendix 2 of the CRRC-2 Wall Product Rating Program Manual for detailed information on how to obtain a Color Family wall product rating.

Initial Rating

A designated Color Family Representative Element must first be rated before a company can establish a Color Family Group. For the initial rating of a Color Family Representative Element, radiative property and colorimetry test results must be submitted to the CRRC for one or multiple products. These test results may be submitted by an Accredited Independent Test Lab (AITL) or a Wall Accredited Manufacturer Testing Laboratory (Wall AMTL). A Wall AMTL is a Licensee that has its own testing facility and meets the requirements in Sections 2.2, 2.3, and 2.6 of the CRRC-2 Wall Product Rating Program Manual. For more information about becoming a Wall AMTL, visit Become a Licensee: Wall Program.

If test results for multiple products are submitted, the CRRC will assign a Color Family Representative Element based on the solar reflectance values of the products. The Representative Element must be tested by an AITL and undergo three-year weathering and aged testing. Any other products submitted for the Color Family Group will be rated as Color Family Additional Elements, so long as they fall within the same color range. Additional Elements inherit the rated values of the Representative Element and do not need to undergo weathering and aged testing.

The Wall Color Family Representative Element rating fee is $450. This fee does not include Additional Elements that are rated in the Color Family Group.

Remember to include a WRP Test Farm Notification Form (WF-3) with your test specimens (product sample) that are shipped to the AITL of your choice.

Color Family Additional Elements

Once the initial rating for a Color Family Representative Element has been obtained, Color Family Additional Elements can be added to the Color Family at any time.

The Wall Color Family Additional Element rating fee is $75.

A Compound Product Rating consists of two or more products that have the same surface formulation and radiative properties that are listed as one product on the Rated Wall Products Directory. The shape or thickness of a product may slightly change the radiative properties of a product, so the most conservative radiative properties are reported for a Compound Rating.

For example, if a Wall Licensee sells polymer siding with the same surface formulation in multiple product shapes, the Licensee must obtain initial testing from an AITL to determine which shape has the lowest solar reflectance. The shape with the lowest solar reflectance will be used for reporting the CRRC initial and aged values and sent to the test farm for weathering. Each additional shape of the same product would be listed as additional brand and model names in the same listing.

Any wall products may be eligible for a Compound Rating. See the CRRC-2 Wall Product Rating Program Manual for specific requirements or contact the CRRC for more information.

The Compound Wall Product Rating fee is $450.


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