ABOUT THE WALL PRODUCT RATING PROGRAM
Last Updated October 8, 2020
The CRRC is working in collaboration with industry and end users on the development of a third-party rating program for exterior wall products. The CRRC Wall Rating Program will be similar to the CRRC’s Roof Product Rating Program, with product ratings based on the surface radiative properties of exterior wall products. A Rated Products Directory and CRRC Product Label will be created for wall products to help end users identify rated products and their radiative property values.
The new program is anticipated to be launched in early 2022.
- June 17, 2019: The CRRC membership amended the organization’s bylaws to include the rating of exterior wall products
- July 2019–August 2020: A Wall Rating Steering Committee (WRSC) of 30 members representing manufacturers, government, utilities, building enclosure experts, and other interested parties evaluated the technical aspects of the program; developed the program financial model; and conducted an initial marketing campaign to solicit interest and support. The WRSC submitted a program proposal to the CRRC Board of Directors for the approval of the Wall Rating Program
- September 24, 2020: The CRRC Board of Directors approved the Wall Rating Program
- November 12, 2020: The CRRC Board of Directors will appoint members to the Wall Rating Program Committee (WRPC).
- Early 2022: The anticipated launch of the Wall Rating Program
Let us know ([email protected]) if your organization is interested in participating in the Wall Rating Program. Industry participation primarily means having wall product(s) rated by the CRRC. Other opportunities for participation include:
- Becoming a CRRC member,
- Serving on the Wall Rating Program Committee, and/or
- Utilizing wall product ratings to identify, require or promote solar reflective walls through policy or voluntary program.
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Become a Founding Member
Founding Members are crucial to the successful launch of the Wall Rating Program. Founding Members make a tax-deductible contribution that will go toward program start-up costs, including software development, obtaining trademarks and copyrights, and the design of program logos and labels. In addition to Founding Member pledges, the CRRC has received a generous contribution from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The funds will go toward program start-up costs.
Founding Members will be formally recognized on the CRRC website and will have exclusive rights to the Founding Member Logo upon program launch. Additionally, Founding Members will receive a 50% discount on CRRC product rating fees for the first 10 products rated in the first year of program operation.
Click here for the Founding Member Pledge form.
Current Founding Members
About Solar Reflective Walls
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