2015: Issue #2 

In this Issue:

General Updates / Administrative
Annual Membership Meeting

Marty Hastings Award: Andre Desjarlais

2015 Board Election Results
Ratings, Codes, and Programs
ANSI/CRRC S100 Standard Revision Process

Title 24 Update

CRRC Program
CRRC Rapid Ratings

Random Testing and Verification Testing

ES-CRRC® Program
ES-CRRC® Renewals

Industry Insights
Thermal Insulating Coatings

Board of Directors
February 10 Board Meeting

April 16 Board Conference Call

June 10 Board Meeting

Technical Committee
Technical Committee Member Changes

Technical Committee Meeting Updates

Working Group Updates

Chairman’s Corner

Board Member Highlight

New Staff Welcome

Cool Roofs in the News

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Tradeshows

New Member Welcome

Chairman's Corner

I hope the members that attended our annual Membership Meeting found the presentations and information provided interesting and useful for their work. I want to thank the staff for their hard work in putting together an extremely well organized meeting.

I want to thank you for the opportunity to continue serving on the Board along with Philip Dregger and Jim Kirby. Phil Dregger brings a wealth of field and forensic investigation experience to the Board that is extremely valuable in our deliberations. Jim Kirby, a new Board member, is the Codes and Standards Director for the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association and brings a very diverse set of work experiences in the roofing industry that will be very valuable to the Board as it works to determine how to best advance the mission and vision of the Cool Roof Rating Council.

I want to thank Mark Thimons (Steel Recycling Institute, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute) for his outstanding contributions and service to the Cool Roof Rating Council and service on the Board.

I also wanted to provide you with a few highlights that have occurred since our last Newsletter:

• The Accelerated Aging Test Procedure is complete and is now an ASTM Standard. Its designation is ASTM D7897-15, 'Standard Practice for Laboratory Soiling and Weathering of Roofing Materials to Simulate Effects of Natural Exposure on Solar Reflectance and Thermal Emittance.'

• The Board approved funding to bring the Random Testing Program up to current status and in conformance with the new policy.

• A new initiative has been undertaken by the Board to actively plan for and solicit new members to serve on the Technical Committee and Board.

I look forward to working with the CRRC Staff, Board, Technical Committee and various Task Groups to continue providing the services and address marketplace needs as identified by our members. 

Mike Ennis

CRRC Board Chairman 

Board Member Highlight

Newly elected Board member James R. Kirby, AIA, serves as Codes and Standards Director for the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association (RCMA). Jim is a licensed architect in Illinois; he has a Master of Architecture—Structures Option and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois. Kirby also has a Graduate Certification in Sustainable Building Design and Construction from Boston Architectural College. 

Jim has expertise in roof system design and construction, weatherproofing and energy-efficiency of the building envelope, and rooftop PV systems. He also is an accredited Green Roofing Professional. Jim has a strong combination of association experience as well as roofing expertise which help serve the CRRC’s objectives.   
As a sustainable roofing advocate for many years, Jim looks forward to serving on a Board whose work provides critical and factual information about cool roofs.
Please join us in welcoming Jim to the CRRC Board of Directors!

Cool Roofs in the News

Standards Body Approves Method to Simulate Weathering of Roofing Materials

The Industry Insights of CRRC’s January 2015 issue of Roofing Reflections, written by Ronnen Levinson of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, highlighted the newly developed laboratory aging practice. As alluded to in Dr. Levinson’s article, the practice will be incorporated into the new CRRC Rapid Ratings program.

LBNL Laboratory Aging
Berkeley Lab research associate Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture. (Photo: Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

The practice, referred to by some as a “Cool Roof Time Machine,” was approved earlier this year as a standard practice for the roofing industry by ASTM International, published as ASTM D7897-15.

The practice has been accepted as part of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24).

View the full article here.

Roofing Material that Cools below Ambient Air Temperature

Scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney have developed a surface that absorbs 3% of sunlight while also radiating heat at wavelengths not absorbed by the atmosphere. This surface, which stays cooler than the ambient air temperature, is composed of layers of polymer on top of a layer of silver.

Dr. Angus Gentle, UTS, holds a piece of the new surface over an existing cool roof (Photo: UTS Newsroom).

The surface measured more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than an existing white roof. The research was published in Advanced Science as an open access article entitled “A Sub-ambient Open Roof Surface Under the Mid-summer Sun”.

New Staff Welcome

Mischa Egolf, CRRC Staff

Mischa Egolf joined the CRRC team in January 2015 as the Technical Manager. She is managing the Random Testing and ES-CRRC Verification Testing programs as well as assisting with technical research and analysis.

Prior to joining the CRRC team, Mischa worked as a Program Associate for Energy Solutions to implement energy efficiency programs, with a focus on HVAC systems.

Mischa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Multidisciplinary Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. 

Andrea Jones, CRRC Staff

Andrea Jones joined the CRRC in December 2014 as an Administrative Assistant, providing coordination for the Random Testing and ES-CRRC Verification Testing programs, as well as support for applications processing, annual renewals, and various other processes within the CRRC.
Prior to joining the CRRC, Andrea held the position of Warranty Claims Administrator for a leading automotive manufacturer for over 8 years.
Andrea holds a B.A. in Communication from California State University, East Bay.

Upcoming Meetings


Technical Committee Meeting
August 13, 2015
Conference Call
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific

Board Meeting
September 17, 2015
Conference Call
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific

Technical Committee Meeting
October 22, 2015
Denver, CO
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mountain

Board Meeting
November 15, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific

View the full meeting schedule online:

Upcoming Tradeshows

RCAT’s 40th Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Sept. 16-18, 2015
Fort Worth, TX
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
Nov. 9-10, 2015
Nashville, TN

Nov. 18-20, 2015
Washington, DC

International Roofing Expo 2016
Feb. 17-19, 2016
Orlando, FL

New Member Welcome

We welcome our most recent CRRC members. One benefit of CRRC membership is being listed on the CRRC Members page

  • Anchor Coatings, Inc.
  • Edge Exterior Coatings
  • InsuTech Waterproofing LLC
  • QAI Laboratories
  • Quality Edge
  •  Quality Construction Pro

General Updates / Administrative

CRRC Annual Membership Meeting

The CRRC held its Annual Membership Meeting on June 18, 2015 at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. CRRC staff provided updates on the growth of the organization and changes to the Product Rating Program, including the development of the Rapid Rating Program and the ANSI/CRRC S100 (formerly CRRC-1 Standard) update process.

Several guest speakers presented at the meeting, including:
  • Bahman HabibzadehDepartment of Energy, on DOE’s approach to the building envelope
  • Steve RyanEnvironmental Protection Agency, with updates to the ENERGY STAR® roofing program
  • Francisco Rubin,  Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Pinturas y Tintas, on the development and implementation of a cool roof standard in Mexico
  • Jiachuan YangArizona State University, on his research titled “Unintended Consequences of Cool Roofs”
  • Shanhui FanStanford University, on a revolutionary reflective coating material to cool buildings through photonic radiative cooling
All meeting presentations are available on our website at As a reminder, we encourage those who attended this year's meeting to fill out the brief Membership Meeting Survey to help us create the kind of event you want to see in the future.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting!

Andre Desjarlais Receives 2015 Marty Hastings Award

The CRRC was proud to present Andre Desjarlais with the 4th annual Marty Hastings Award at the June 18th Membership Meeting. For over 13 years, Mr. Desjarlais has demonstrated dedication to the CRRC by serving as an Ex Officio member to the Board of Directors and on the Technical Committee.

Chairman Mike Ennis presented Andre Desjarlais with the 4th marty Hastings Award at the 2015 CRRC Membership Meeting.
As part of the award, the CRRC makes a $500 donation in the recipient’s name to a charitable organization of his or her choice. Mr. Desjarlais selected Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a dog rescue in South Carolina, as the organization to receive the donation. As an owner of five rescued dachshunds, Mr. Desjarlais is appreciative of this particular organization and its dedication to animal welfare.
Mr. Desjarlais, an owner of six rescued dachshunds, selected Danny and Ron’s Rescue as the organization to receive his donation.

Please join us in thanking Mr. Desjarlais for his service with the CRRC!

2015 Board of Directors Election Results

A Special Member Meeting was called on March 13, 2015 at the request of CRRC Membership to consider an amendment to the CRRC bylaws. The bylaw amendment, which would change the maximum number of consecutive terms held by CRRC Directors from two to three, was approved by a vote of the members.

The 2015 election resulted in the re-election of two incumbent Directors and the election of one new Director.

The results are as follows:

Class A
James R. Kirby, RCMA (1st term)
Mike Ennis*, SPRI (3rd term)
Class B
Philip Dregger*, RCI - Technical Roof Services, Inc. (
2nd term)
*Re-elected incumbent

We would like to thank outgoing Director Mark Thimons for his dedication and service. The organization and CRRC Board of Directors have benefited from his participation. 

Ratings, Codes, and Programs

ANSI/CRRC S100 Standard Revision Process

The CRRC Board approved a new designation and title for the CRRC’s American National Standard on February 10, 2015. The CRRC-1 Standard is now the “ANSI/CRRC S100 - Standard Test Methods for Determining Radiative Properties of Materials.” The primary purpose of changing the title and designation was to make a clearer distinction between the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and the CRRC Standard. 

ANSI/CRRC S100 is currently being updated in accordance with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The proposed revisions and comments received during the first Public Comment Period (May 29 to July 29, 2014) have been reviewed by the ANSI/CRRC S100 Consensus Body. The Consensus Body will be reviewing the comments received during the second Public Comment Period that closed on May 5, 2015. The revised standard is scheduled to be adopted in late 2015 or early 2016.

To learn more about ANSI/CRRC S100 and the revision process, please visit the CRRC Standards Development webpage.

If you have any questions about the ANSI process, please contact Sarah Schneider at or (510) 482-4420 x202.

Title 24 Update

The radiative requirements for roofing remain unchanged in California’s newly adopted 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Part 6). The California Energy Commission adopted the 2016 Standards on June 10, 2015. The Standards go into effect on January 1, 2017.

CRRC Program

CRRC Rapid Ratings: Coming this Summer!

The CRRC is counting down to the newest addition to the Product Rating Program: CRRC Rapid Ratings, an optional product rating process that uses interim laboratory-aged ratings that simulate three-year weathering of roofing materials.

The three-year weathering process, a key component of the Product Rating Program, informs consumers of product performance in the field. Laboratory advancements in cool roofing have recently opened the door to simulating this three-year aging in just a few days.

Starting this summer, CRRC Rapid Ratings will allow manufacturers to list laboratory-aged radiative property values for their products at a significantly accelerated rate—the aging simulation is completed in less than a week!

Rapid Ratings will be displayed in the Rated Products Directory and on the CRRC product label until the product completes the required three-year weathering process. Upon completion of the weathering process, the Rapid Ratings will be replaced by the measured aged values.

Stay tuned for a press release announcing the official opening of CRRC Rapid Ratings.

Random Testing and Verification Testing Update

Changes to Procedure #1 – Random Testing Program Policies and Processes went into effect on January 1, 2015. This year’s Random Testing program cycle is implementing the new guidelines, which have contributed to a strong start to the 2015 cycle. The CRRC is currently collecting products for both Random Testing and Verification Testing in addition to wrapping up the previous year’s Random Testing cycle. This equates to over 200 products to be tested this year. The CRRC continues to work with Underwriters Laboratories, LLC to procure products for both testing programs. A shorter procurement timeline has been instituted this year to further streamline completion.

Random testing is the method by which the CRRC ensures the credibility and accuracy of its Product Rating Program. Each year the CRRC randomly selects and tests a percentage of all active Licensed Seller products in order to guarantee that actual solar reflectance and thermal emittance test results match listed values on the CRRC Rated Products Directory. Products that do not pass random testing are removed from the Directory.

Similar to the CRRC’s Random Testing program, the CRRC also conducts “Verification Testing” through the Evaluation Services-CRRC (ES-CRRC®) program for ENERGY STAR certified products. The Verification Testing program guidelines are determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are similar to the CRRC’s Random Testing Procedure #1. As with the Random Testing program, products determined unable for procurement during the testing program year enter a rating removal/decertification process.

Please contact Mischa Egolf at with any questions about the testing program.

ES-CRRC Program

ES-CRRC® Renewals

Invoices for the 2015 ES-CRRC® Program Renewals were sent out via e-mail in early May 2015 and were due by June 15, 2015.

Please note that the ES-CRRC® program is for certification of ENERGY STAR Qualified Roofing Products, and is a separate program from the CRRC Product Rating Program. The renewal rate is $80 for each Standard Product or Color Family Group. This charge was applied to all products certified before January 1, 2015 with the exception of Color Family Additional Elements which were not charged a Renewal fee as they are covered under the Color Family Group fee.

Each ENERGY STAR Partner received an invoice via e-mail and can elect to pay using PayPal or by submitting a check to:

ES-CRRC Renewals
449 15th St., Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612.

To encourage timely payments and maintain an equitable process for Partners who pay before the deadline, the CRRC has implemented a nominal late fee charge. The late fee charge is 1% of your total payment per month. The late fee charge will accrue by 1% for each additional month that the payment is late. The late fee schedule is as follows:

ES-CRRC Renewals Fee Schedule

If you have questions about the ES-CRRC® process, please contact Melissa at or (510) 482-4420 x236.

Industry Insights

Francesca M. Crolley


The New Cool Kid on the Block

 Francesca M. Crolley
 Industrial Nanotech, Inc.

As with any technology, evolution is inevitable and the new developments taking place in the cool roof coatings industry bring renewed attention and growth.

Painting roofs white to make homes more comfortable has been done since ancient times. In the late 20th century, as the world began paying more attention to energy consumption, cool roof coatings moved to the forefront of energy saving technologies for homes and buildings. An indicator of their growing popularity was the formation of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) in 1998.

As consumers became aware of these coatings, the benefits and limitations fueled growth and expansion, and brought the development of thermal insulating coatings (TICs) for roofs.  

Niceville, FL Home
A home in Niceville, FL reported energy savings between 17% to 42% per year after using an energy efficient clear coating on their roof.
Photo: Industrial Nanotech, Inc.

A significant new benefit that TICs offered was the ability to be clear instead of white. This greatly expanded the market because many home and building owners simply do not want to color their roof white. A clear thermal insulation coating allows them to keep the visual aesthetics of their roof, while still receiving energy saving benefits. Another advantage is seen in the difference between how TICs and traditional white reflective roof coatings work.

White cool roof coatings keep buildings cool through a combination of reflectivity (reflecting the heat of the sun) and emissivity (emitting the heat instead of storing it). This is effective during the summer and in hot climates to lower cooling costs, but not as effective in the winter or colder climates to reduce heating costs, and may cause a "heating penalty".

TICs for roofs keep buildings cool or warm by acting much like a traditional insulation, reducing direct heat conduction. Heat always transfers to cold, so in the summer, the TIC reduces the conduction from the hotter outside air, into the cooled building to lower cooling costs. In the winter, it reduces the conduction from the heated inside air, to the colder outside air, to lower heating costs. A TIC can also have a high emissivity.

Common advantages of both are the ability to reduce the heat island effect, save energy, and both can also have added benefits, such as UV, mold, and moisture resistance.

Punta Gorda, FL Home

More than two years after applying a nanotechnology-based roof coating, this Punta Gorda, FL home on the water is still mold free.
Photo: Industrial Nanotech, Inc.

A limitation for TICs is that since they are newer than reflective coatings, an energy saving mechanism hasn't yet been built into cool roof evaluation standards used by ENERGY STAR or the CRRC; they have a high emissivity, but not reflectivity, since they aren't reflective. Layering both technologies, which are water-based, to get the rating benefit and the all-seasons savings is a way to overcome this barrier until evaluation standards are updated. If rating standards for cool roof coatings include new technology like TICs, market growth should accelerate further as more options for energy efficient homes and buildings become available.

Board of Directors Meeting Recap

February 10, 2015 Board Meeting Updates

  • Board Secretary Lynne Christensen resolved to hold a Special Member Meeting to amend the Bylaws to extend Board term limits at the request of CRRC members
  • Directors approved the 2015 election plan and ballot for the Special Member Meeting
  • Moved to have all CRRC funds covered by FDIC insurance or equivalent
  • Updated the title and designation of the CRRC’s American National Standard from “CRRC-1 Standard” to “ANSI/CRRC S100” to clarify the distinction between the standard and the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual
  • Approved documents related to the CRRC’s “Rapid Rating Program”

April 16, 2015 Board Conference Call Updates

  • Appointed Dan Walker as a voting alternate member on the Technical Committee
  • Reviewed and formally received the 2013-2014 independent financial review
  • Moved to support the Technical Committee’s policy that all CRRC-adopted test methods and practices undergo a consensus-based process.

June 19, 2015 Board Meeting Updates

  • Re-elected the existing Board of Directors officers to another two-year term.
    • Chair -- Mike Ennis
    • Vice-Chair -- Rick Olson
    • Secreatary -- Lynne Christensen
    • Treasurer -- George Daisey
  •  Discussed the 2015 Membership Meeting and ways to improve member engagement
  • Moved to require that all CRRC reserves be held in FDIC-insured accounts and to give staff the flexibility to appropriately diversify the funds.
  • Adopted an updated “Fees and Dues Structure” which allows the CRRC to pass on incremental product collection costs to international licensees.
  • Approved updated versions of “Rapid Ratings” program documents and the CRRC-1 Program Manual 

The next Board meeting will be a conference call on September 17, 2015. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Jeff Steuben, Executive Director, at or (510) 482-4420 x288.

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

Technical Committee Member Changes

The following roster changes were made to the Technical Committee in 2014-2015:
  • Dan Walker of the Metal Buildings Manufacturers Association (MBMA) replaced Chuck Praeger of the MBMA as an alternate voting member.
View the full Technical Committee roster online at:

Technical Committee Meeting Updates

CRRC Consensus-Based Standards Policy

The Technical Committee approved a draft policy that requires CRRC’s approved test methods, standards, and practices to have undergone a public, consensus-based process (e.g., ASTM, ANSI). The Technical Committee recommended the Board’s adoption of the policy. The rationale for the policy stemmed from the October 21, 2014 Technical Committee meeting where the value and validity of consensus standards were discussed.

The next Technical Committee meeting will be a conference call meeting on August 13, 2015. If you would like to participate in the meeting and/or be added to the Technical Committee email distribution list, please contact Sarah Schneider at or (510) 482-4420 x202.


Working Group Updates

Directionally Reflective Rating Method

This working group is currently completing a round robin study to test the repeatability and reproducibility of the draft test procedure for directionally reflective roofing products developed by the working group. Four laboratories volunteered to participate in the study. Results will be presented at the August 2015 Technical Committee conference call.

Rough Substrates for Field-Applied Coatings

This working group has developed a draft test procedure in partnership with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, and 3M, for the creation of a defined “rough substrate” that will be required for testing all field-applied coatings. The group will be coordinating a round robin study to determine the repeatability and reproducibility of ratings developed using this process.

ASTM E408 Consideration

This working group is evaluating the use of ASTM E408 as an alternate method of measuring thermal emittance because it may prove advantageous for measuring certain types of materials. The CRRC had helped coordinate the update of the ASTM E408 test method, approved in 2013. The working group is coordinating a round robin study for 2016.

Method Evaluation Working Group

This working group is evaluating the differences between ASTM C1371 and the Slide Method results to develop a methodology for determining if re-testing of products under a more accurate test method is needed. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association is assisting the CRRC in identifying a statistical approach to evaluating proposed test method changes by analyzing ASTM C1371 and Slide Method test data. The working group is evaluating the results and will make a recommendation to the Technical Committee in the coming months.

Methods & Instruments Subcommittee

This working group is tasked with evaluating new test methods and instruments for their viability and relevance to the CRRC Product Rating Program. The working group is exploring the following topics: 1) Emissivity Traceability, 2) Aggregate Test Specification, and 3) Update to C1549.

If you are interested in joining a working group, please contact Sarah Schneider at or (510) 482-4420 x202.

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