The CRRC Rated Roof Products Directory is a free, online database that can be used to identify roofing products that comply with various building codes, financial incentives and voluntary green building programs (e.g., LEED, Green Globes). Each of the products on the CRRC Directory has a CRRC product rating that indicates the radiative performance (solar reflectance, thermal emittance, and Solar Reflectance Index (SRI)) of the roofing product. Knowing the radiative performance of roofing products is important for understanding the roof’s impact on building energy use, occupant comfort and the surrounding environment.
The CRRC Directory currently lists over 3,000 roofing products and is the only database of its kind in the U.S. since the sunset of the US EPA ENERGY STAR program for roofing products in June 2022. Learn more here.
By pursuing this mission, the CRRC will become the recognized informational resource for reducing the urban heat island effect, increasing building energy efficiency, improving occupant comfort and mitigating the global climate effects of greenhouse gas emissions.
Join the CRRC for their 2023 Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary celebration in Las Vegas on June 14! The meeting will feature engaging presentations from CRRC members and guest speakers, as well as a complimentary cocktail reception. Registration will open in early March. Visit coolroofs.org for more details!
A cool roof is one that strongly reflects sunlight (solar energy) and also cools itself by efficiently emitting any heat that was absorbed. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat conducted into the building below. If a building does not have air conditioning, this keeps the building cooler and a more constant temperature. If a building has air conditioning, the equipment does not have to work as hard. Imagine wearing a white or a black T-shirt on a hot day. By wearing the white T-shirt you will remain cooler than if you wore a black T-shirt because it reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat. Cool roofs, like a white T-shirt, keep the internal temperature of the building lower.
However, a cool roof does not need to be white. There are many "cool color" products which use darker-colored pigments that are highly reflective in the near infrared (non-visible) portion of the solar spectrum.
CRRC membership is open to any individual or organization with an interest in the building envelope, energy efficiency, urban cooling, and/or the testing and rating of solar-reflective building surfaces. CRRC membership is divided into two classes.
Heidi J. Ellsworth road trips to visit with Sarah Schneider, Deputy Director, and Audrey McGarrell, Project Manager, of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to talk about the sunset of the ENERGY STAR certification program for roofing products and how it will affect roofing professionals going forward. Sarah and ...
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