2016: Issue #1 

In this Issue:

General Updates / Administrative
Annual Membership Meeting – June 15, 2016

Renewals Due by February 1, 2016
Ratings, Codes, and Programs
Title 24 Update

ANSI/CRRC S100 Standard Update
CRRC Program
Rapid Ratings Program Update

Random Testing and Verification Testing Program Updates
ES-CRRC Program
Industry Insights
LBNL ‘Cool Walls’ Project
Board of Directors Meeting Recap
September 18, 2015 Board Conference Call Updates

November 13, 2015 Board Meeting Updates
Technical Committee Meeting Recap
October 22, 2015 Technical Committee Meeting

Working Group Updates
Chair’s Corner
Cool Roofs in the News
Upcoming CRRC Meetings
Upcoming Industry Events
New Members Welcome

Chair's Corner

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and an exciting and Happy New Year. The Cool Roof Rating Council had another very productive year in 2015.
In August of 2015 we launched the Rapid Ratings program, the biggest enhancement to the CRRC Product Rating Program in the last several years. This program will allow manufacturers to obtain a laboratory-aged rating for their new product introductions within an accelerated time line instead of waiting for more than three years. This rating will serve as the interim aged rating for the product until three-year weathering and aged testing is completed.
The CRRC Staff continues to perform at a very high level, providing excellent support and financial management to the organization. They continue to identify and streamline processes within the organization. For example, in 2016 work will begin on a project to modernize the database to increase its speed, functionality, and compatibility with other industry databases such as the one used by the EPA's ENERGY STAR program. Work will also be completed to update the website to add additional functionality and to decrease the time it takes to complete database searches.
We feel 2016 is going to be an excellent year and we want to thank you for your continued support and membership. As always your thoughts on improving the CRRC and increasing its value to our members are welcome. 

Mike Ennis
Chair, CRRC Board of Directors

Cool Roofs in the News

The Rooftop Project – Melbourne, Australia       
The City of Melbourne recently mapped Melbourne’s existing rooftops to determine opportunities for solar, green roofs, and cool roof retrofits. According to their spatial analysis, Melbourne rooftop surfaces comprise 880 hectares of space, 259 hectares of which have the potential to incorporate cool roofs.
The publicly-available interactive map is sorted by existing roof surfaces, two green rooftop scenarios, solar potential, and cool roof potential.

Access the interactive map or read more about the City of Melbourne's Rooftop Project

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Directors Conference Call
January 29, 2016
Conference Call
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific
Technical Committee Meeting
(in conjunction with RCI)
March 8, 2016
Orlando, FL
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern
Board of Directors Meeting
(in conjunction with RCI)
March 9, 2016
Orlando, FL
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern
Technical Committee Conference Call
May 12, 2016
Conference Call
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific
Membership Meeting
(in conjunction with WSRCA)
June 15, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific
Board of Directors Meeting
June 16, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific
View the full meeting schedule online.

Upcoming Indusry Events

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

RCAT’s 40th Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Oct. 12-14, 2016
Grapevine, TX
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
Oct. 17-18, 2016
Houston, TX

Oct. 5-7, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

New Member Welcome

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

General Updates / Administrative

Membership Meeting - June 15, 2016

Mark your calendars -- the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 15th at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in conjunction with the Western Roofing Expo.

The Annual Membership Meeting is a great way to socialize with fellow CRRC members, Directors, and staff. The meeting will include technical, administrative, and program updates, as well as a series of compelling guest speakers.

Registration for the Meeting will go live in early Spring. Stay tuned for more details on our website's Member Meeting page.

Annual Renewals Payments Due By February 1, 2016

The 2016 online renewals process has been launched. All Licensees and Members should have received an email with a login and password for their online renewals payment process. Please verify that your company contact’s email address is up-to-date. If you have not received an email, please contact Melissa Rissman at

The CRRC accepts payments by check or by credit card through PayPal. Our current address is:

CRRC 2016 Renewals
449 15th St., Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612

Renewals payments are due by February 1, 2016.
To encourage timely payments and to maintain an equitable process for Licensees who pay on time, the CRRC will continue enforcing a nominal late fee charge.* The late fee structure is as follows: 

  * The late fee applies only to Licensee and Product fees and not to Membership Fees. 

If payment is not received by April 1, 2016 the CRRC will terminate Membership and/or Licensee status and all products, as applicable. In order to reinstate applicable CRRC status after termination, companies must pay the full renewal invoice amount in addition to a 3% reactivation fee.

For questions about the renewals process, please contact Melissa Rissman at or (510) 482-4420 x236. 

Ratings, Codes, and Programs

Title 24 Accelerated Aging Update

CRRC Rapid Ratings serve as an alternative compliance option in California’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards in addition to the aged rating equation (i.e. calculated aged value). See the Rapid Ratings Update below for more information.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) contain roofing requirements for newly constructed and renovated residential and commercial buildings. Section 10-113 of the building code establishes labeling and certification requirements for roofing products. For more information on Title 24, please visit the California Energy Commission website at

ANSI/CRRC S100 Standard Revision Process

ANSI/CRRC S100 (formerly CRRC-1 Standard) contains standard test methods for determining the radiative properties of roofing materials. The standard is currently being updated in accordance with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The CRRC held a third public review period for the revised standard between October 30, 2015 and December 14, 2015. The revised standard is expected to be published in spring 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.

CRRC Program

Rapid Ratings Update

The CRRC Rapid Ratings program, launched in August 2015, is an optional product rating process that allows manufacturers to obtain temporary laboratory-aged ratings for their products at a significantly accelerated rate—the aging simulation is completed in less than a week. Rapid Ratings are displayed on the CRRC Rated Products Directory and on the CRRC product label until the product completes the required three-year aging process.

Rapid Ratings serve as an alternative compliance option in California’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  If the CRRC three-year aged reflectance value is not yet available, a CRRC Rapid Rating or calculated three-year aged value can be used to show Title 24 compliance. The solar reflectance index (SRI) value that is calculated using the Rapid Rating may change when the three-year aged rating replaces the interim Rapid Rating value.

More information on the Rapid Rating program is available on the CRRC's website. For questions about the Rapid Ratings program, please contact Carolyn Richter at

Random Testing and Verification Testing Update

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 rated products to verify that the solar reflectance and thermal emittance values are comparable to the values listed on the CRRC Rated Products Directory. Products that do not pass Random Testing are removed from the Directory.

Similar to Random Testing, Verification Testing is conducted for products that are certified as ENERGY STAR® roofing products through the Evaluation Services-CRRC (ES-CRRC) program. The Verification Testing guidelines are determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are similar to the CRRC’s Random Testing policy and procedures (Procedure #1). In both Random Testing and Verification Testing, products that are unable to be procured for testing will be removed from the Rated Products Directory.

For the 2015 programs cycle, all ES-CRRC products undergoing Verification Testing have been sent to accredited independent laboratories for testing and 80% of CRRC rated products undergoing Random Testing have completed the process with the remaining products waiting to be tested.

Finally, the CRRC is preparing for the 2016 program cycle launch. The Random Testing Working Group will ensure the continued accuracy and efficiency of the CRRC’s Random Testing program.

Please contact Mischa Egolf at with questions about the Random Testing and Verification Testing Programs.

ES-CRRC Program

ENERGY STAR® Specification V3.0

All ENERGY STAR certified roofing products need to be recertified to Version 3.0 before July 1, 2017 to remain on the Qualified Products List. If your products have already been aged in accordance with ANSI/CRRC S100 – 2012 (formerly CRRC-1 Standard), there is no need to retest. Those products with aged values based on in-situ measurements need to undergo three-year weathering and testing in accordance with Version 3.0 and ANSI/CRRC S100 – 2012. The ES-CRRC  Program is currently certifying products to Version 3.0 to ensure that products complete recertification by July 1, 2017.

Until your ENERGY STAR certified products are recertified to Version 3.0, they will remain certified under Version 2.2 or 2.3. After July 1, 2017, all certified products that have not been recertified to Version 3.0 will be removed from the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products List.

To recertify your products to Version 3.0, please:

  • Complete a Data Submission Form, and email it to
  • Submit a recertification fee of $100 per product. Renewals fees for the first subsequent year will be waived for recertified products.

Detailed information can be found on the ES-CRRC Program ENERGY STAR webpage. For questions, please contact Melissa Rissman at

Industry Insights

Haley Gilbert

The 'Cool Walls' Project: Studying the Potential to Save Additional Energy and Advance Cool Walls in the Market

Haley Gilbert
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In California, cool roofs are an established building energy efficiency practice. Solar-reflective cool walls present a potential opportunity to save additional energy, bringing California closer to its Senate Bill 350 (Golden State Standards) goal of increasing energy efficiency in buildings by 50% by the year 2030.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has teamed up with the University of Southern California and the University of California, San Diego to study the benefits, performance, and technologies of cool walls. The ‘Cool Walls’ project (2015 – 2018) is managed by the California Energy Commission and supported by the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). EPIC is a clean energy technology research, development, and deployment program funded through a small surcharge collected by three investor-owned utilities in California.

The project seeks to evaluate the direct and indirect energy and environmental benefits of solar reflective walls; assess and advance available and emerging cool wall technologies; and develop the infrastructure needed to promote their appropriate use. It engages 11 industrial partners, including 3M, Alcoa, Behr, Firestone, Metal Construction Association, Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, PPG, Saint Gobain, Sherwin Williams, Tex Cote, and Valspar. 

The research team and its partners are establishing natural exposure sites in Berkeley, Fresno, and Los Angeles to evaluate the effects of aging on solar reflectance. Each of the three sites will test a wide range of wall products, including mortar, vinyl siding, factory-coated metal, and architectural fabrics, as well as field-applied paints on metal, stucco/plaster, fiber cement, and wood. Exposed specimens will be retrieved quarterly for evaluation at LBNL.
The research team and its partners are establishing natural exposure sites in Berkeley, Fresno, and Los Angeles. 69 products have been selected to naturally expose at these sites over the course of the Cool Walls project. (Source: LBNL)

LBNL will also work with its industrial partners to develop innovative new products. These may include self-cleaning or soil-resistant surfaces that can maintain high solar reflectance, new dark pigments that keep cool with fluorescence, and retro-reflective materials that can reflect sunlight while minimizing glare.

A major component of the project is to work with industry, decision makers, and researchers to increase the adoption of cool walls where beneficial. Following the successful example of cool roofs, the team would like to initiate a rating system for cool wall products. Once a rating system is established, it will be easier to work with building standard and code organizations, utility incentive programs, and ENERGY STAR® to include cool wall measures.

If you have questions regarding the project, please contact Haley Gilbert at LBNL ( 

Board of Directors
Meeting Recap

September 17, 2015 Board of Directors Conference Call

  • Approved the 2016 CRRC meeting schedule, available at
  • Approved document updates for CRRC’s ENERGY STAR Certification program (ES-CRRC), including the ES-CRRC Partner Agreement and ES-CRRC Certification Program Manual.
  • Approved a statement which provides presentation guidance for guest presenters. This statement is available at
  • Reviewed test results from the 2015 Random Testing program and provided direction to the Random Testing Working Group.
  • Reviewed the organization’s finances, revenue projections, and a draft 2016 budget proposal.
  • Approved an overall 6% increase in CRRC fees to combat rising costs and flat revenue projections. Fees take effect for the 2016 renewals cycle, and for new products beginning in November 2015.

November 19, 2015 Board Meeting

  • Approved a $10,000 contribution to an industry-wide effort to support the redevelopment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s roof savings calculator.
  • Approved the 2016 program budget and extended the contract with Energy Solutions to provide management services for CRRC through the end of 2016.
  • Adopted a test procedure for directionally reflective roofing products.
  • Approved program document updates to improve clarity and align, including the Rapid Ratings Application, the CRRC-1 Program Manual, and Procedure #2.
  • Approved an update to Procedure #1 to clarify random testing rules for color family products to state that test results are compared to the product’s initial measured values, not the family’s assigned (default) values.

The next Board meeting will be a conference call on January 29, 2016. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Jeff Steuben at or (510) 482-4420 x288.

Technical Committee Meeting Recap

October 22, 2015 Technical Committee Meeting

  • Directionally Reflective Materials Test Procedure: The Technical Committee approved the draft test procedure for measuring the solar reflectance of directionally reflective materials and recommended adoption of the test procedure. See Working Group Update and Board of Directors Meeting Recap for more information.
  • Method Evaluation Guide for Evaluating Proposed Test Methods: The Technical Committee approved a method evaluation re-testing guide developed by the Method Evaluation Working Group. The guide will serve as an internal document to assist the Technical Committee with the technical evaluation of proposed test methods. See Working Group Update for more information. 

The next Technical Committee meeting will be an all-day, in person meeting on March 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. 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

  • Random Testing Working Group
    This Board-level Random Testing working group is currently exploring several topics surrounding random testing. The primary focus is the testing of variegated tile products.  
  • Directionally Reflective Rating Method
    This working group recently completed a round robin study to test the repeatability and reproducibility of the test procedure developed by the working group for measuring the solar reflectance of directionally reflective roofing products. Based on the study’s findings, the Technical Committee approved the draft test procedure at its October 22, 2015 meeting. The Board adopted the test procedure at its November 19, 2015 meeting. Directionally reflective roofing products can now complete the CRRC product rating process.
  • 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. A round robin study is currently underway to determine the repeatability and reproducibility of ratings developed using this process. The study is anticipated to be completed in April of 2016.
  • 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 group has been waiting on the Method & Instruments Subcomittee exploration of an emittance traceability standard. Once this is complete, the working group will coordinate a round robin study to begin in late 2016.
  • Method Evaluation Working Group This working group is tasked with developing a methodology for determining if re-testing of products is needed when a new test method is adopted. The group has been asked to focus on technical issues and to provide recommendations that will inform CRRC policy. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association assisted with the proposed statistical methodology for determining if re-testing is needed. A draft guide for evaluating proposed test methods was presented to and approved by the Technical Committee in October 2015. The group is continuing to add details to the guide.
  • Methods & Instruments Subcommittee This subcommittee is tasked with evaluating the viability and relevance of new test methods and instruments for the CRRC Product Rating Program. The subcommittee is currently working with Device & Services Company to develop a traceable emittance standard, and is also working with Surface Optics Corporation to determine if one of their instruments should be included in ASTM C1549 or as a standalone standard.

If you are interested in joining a working group, please contact Mischa Egolf at or (510) 482-4420 x512.

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