New Energy Star requirements for Cool Roof coatings

I was forwarded an email that originated from the Energy Star Heat Island group.  This was something I was not aware of.  I have changed the font to red for the main point of my own comments below the quoted part of the email.

 

"This call will provide an overview of the revised requirements for ENERGY STAR labeling of roofing products. The focus will be on the certification and verification processes. Beginning January 2011, labeling requires third- party certification rather than self-certification. This call was set up in response to interest expressed by the Reflective Roof Coating Institute. Penny Gift, president of the institute, will speak briefly to her membership’s interest. In addition, the Heat Island Reduction Program Manager from EPA headquarters and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff will provide brief descriptions of their respective heat island programs. Presentations will be of interest to roof product manufacturers, raw material suppliers, roofing contractors, consultants, environmental staff, and others working on cool roofing products. "

 

Our solar reflectivity and emissivity certifications ARE from independent (third party) laboratories.  

 

With the elimination of self-certification, many of our competitors will lose their Energy Star qualifications, I am certain of it.  I have mentioned this many times over the years;  When they started allowing these companies to self-certify their products, we went from having a few dozen Energy Star qualified products to over 340 protective roof coatings that all of a sudden qualified and earned the Energy Star. 

 

The amazing part is, I have tested against a few dozen of them in real life, side-by-side, roof tests and our coating always blew them out the door, even when their certification said they had higher reflectivity and emissivity than we do.

 

This new requirement will eliminate a whole lot of underperforming coatings that have been giving our industry a black eye for way too long.

 

Thank you Energy Star, this is way overdue!!

 

Hal Skinner

www.ct-texas.com

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Tags: coating, cool, emissivity, energy, insulation, paint, reflectivity, roof, roofing, star

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Comment by Hal Skinner on September 3, 2011 at 9:56am

Apperently the DOE has already pulled back the Energy Star approval an a hndful of coatings that were self-certified because their numbers did not come close to the DOE's testing..

 

Once the smoke clears from this new testing, it's going to be interesting to see who is left standing

Comment by Hal Skinner on May 15, 2011 at 11:56am

http://www.coatingsworld.com/contents/view/32528

 

Here is a link to an article on the 'New' Energy Star 'Cool Roof' testing methods and requirements.

Hal

 

www.ct-texas.com

Comment by Hal Skinner on April 6, 2011 at 5:20pm

Here is a copy of the email announcement I quoyed.

From: EPA_heatisland a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="mailto:EPA_heatisland@icfi.com">EPA_heatisland@icfi.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM
Subject: ENERGY STAR Roofing Products Call, Adaptation Reports, Sustainability Tools, and More
To: EPA_heatisland a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="mailto:EPA_heatisland@icfi.com">EPA_heatisland@icfi.com>


Upcoming Meeting and Conference Calls

* EPA ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Roofing Products – Sign Up TODAY!

* Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research

 

Climate Adaptation Reports

* The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation

* Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative

 

Clean Water America Alliance Project

* Turner Foundation Green Infrastructure Survey

 

Tools and Resources

* Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool

* Sustainable Facilities Tool

 

International Green Construction Code Initiative

* 2011 IGCC Code Development Hearing

 

Heat and Health Initiatives

* CDC Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative

 

Funding Opportunity

* EPA Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate

 

Request for Proposal - Innovative Ozone Mitigation Strategies

* SJVAPCD Evaluation of Innovative Ozone Mitigation Strategies

 

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Upcoming Meeting and Conference Calls

 

***SIGN UP TODAY! EPA ENERGY STAR/Heat Island Reduction Program Conference Call: ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Roofing Products

Date: Monday, April 11, 2011

Time: 4-5 PM Eastern (1-2 PM Pacific)

 

This call will provide an overview of the revised requirements for ENERGY STAR labeling of roofing products. The focus will be on the certification and verification processes. Beginning January 2011, labeling requires third- party certification rather than self-certification. This call was set up in response to interest expressed by the Reflective Roof Coating Institute. Penny Gift, president of the institute, will speak briefly to her membership’s interest. In addition, the Heat Island Reduction Program Manager from EPA headquarters and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff will provide brief descriptions of their respective heat island programs. Presentations will be of interest to roof product manufacturers, raw material suppliers, roofing contractors, consultants, environmental staff, and others working on cool roofing products.

For information related to the webcast topics, please visit:

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/product_specs/program_reqs/Ro...

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=join.manuf_retail_agreehttp:/...

http://www.epa.gov/heatislands/mitigation/coolroofs.htm

To register: Please e-mail Kathy Diehl, EPA ENERGY STAR program manager: diehl.kathy@epa.gov. Conference call in number: 866-299-3188, ID number: 2023439384#

Slide presentations will be made available to registrants by e-mail. If multiple staff from your office wish to participate, please share one phone line due to capacity limits. EPA will post the presentations on its Heat Island Reduction Program website for parties unable to participate on the call.

 

*** Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research: Protocols, Standards, and Policies for Accelerated Aging

Date: Thursday, July 28 - Friday, July 29, 2011
Location: Berkeley, California

This two-day workshop is sponsored by the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Concordia University, and the U.S. Department of Energy. It will address accelerated soiling and weathering methods for roofing materials; incorporation of accelerated aged ratings into policies, standards, and rating systems; and other topics, such as marketplace trends in cool roofing.

For more information, please visit: http://coolroofs2011.lbl.gov/ or contact Haley Gilbert, tel. +1-510-486-7325, HEGilbert@lbl.gov.

 

 

Climate Adaptation Reports

 

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) recently released two reports on local climate adaptation and green infrastructure efforts. The reports provide examples of how local areas have developed and applied strategies for urban adaptation to climate change.

 

*** The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure practices, such as green and cool roofs, urban forestry, and cool pavements. The report provides examples of different approaches that have been used as well as the benefits to urban communities, including increased resilience to climate impacts, improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance. This report is available at: http://www.ccap.org/docs/resources/989/Green_Infrastructure_FINAL.pdf.

 

*** Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative summarizes the main findings of CCAP’s Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative. This partnership with local government leaders served to empower local communities to develop and implement climate resilient strategies. The report concludes that effective approaches include comprehensive planning, using “no-regrets” strategies, and “mainstreaming” adaptation efforts into existing policies. In addition, examining the benefits of adaptation strategies is especially useful for developing public support for initiatives.

 

Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative is available at http://www.ccap.org/docs/resources/988/Urban_Leaders_Lessons_Learne....

 

 

Clean Water America Alliance Project

 

****Turner Foundation Survey on Green Infrastructure

Is your community investing in green infrastructure for reasons such as reducing summertime heat island impacts? The Clean Water America Alliance (Alliance) is conducting a survey for the Turner Foundation to engage utilities, cities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector on green infrastructure policy. The resulting report will be used to help the U.S. EPA with its national rulemaking to establish a program to reduce stormwater discharges. The Alliance will also promote and distribute the report to participants in the water sector, conservation communities, and key policy-makers, as well as other interested parties.

The questionnaire is intended to seek quantitative and qualitative data on the technical, financial, legal, institutional, and cultural barriers to implementing green infrastructure practices at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

Respond to the questionnaire yourself, or circulate the link below to others at your organization to complete some or all of the questions, as appropriate. The deadline for survey participation is April 15, 2011.
 
http://www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org/gisurvey_about.php

Password: GREEN

 

If you have questions, please contact Lorraine Loken at the Alliance, 202.533.1819, or email lloken@cwaa.us.

 

 

Tools and Resources

 

***Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool

 

The Federal Highway Administration has created the Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool to help practitioners incorporate sustainability into system planning; project development; and transportation systems, management, operations, and maintenance programs. The tool provides a platform for tracking and measuring sustainability benefits, as well as sharing successful practices. The tool provides points for projects that address urban heat island effects through incorporating sustainability considerations into road pavements.

 

The Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool is available at http://www.sustainablehighways.org/.

 

***Sustainable Facilities Tool

 

This tool from the U.S. General Services Administration helps identify and prioritize cost-effective green building strategies that facilities managers or owners can implement to incorporate sustainable concepts into any remodel or small project. The tool allows users to compare materials and systems, access design guidance, ask questions, and share their knowledge to help others “green” their projects as well. The tool addresses the benefits of heat island strategies such as cool pavements and green roofs.

 

The Sustainable Facilities Tool is available at http://www.sftool.org/.

 

 

International Green Construction Code Initiative

 

***The International Code Council has launched the development of a new International Green Construction Code (IGCC) initiative. This initiative includes the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional requirement option, and the collaboration of the Council’s closest allies and pre-eminent thought leaders in green building, as well as input from our members and the general public. The IGCC follows the Code Council’s development process. On March 25, 2011, proposed changes to the IGCC were released.

 

For those interested in participating in discussions on proposed changes, the 2011 IGCC Code Development Hearing will be held on May 16-22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.

 

For more information, please visit the IGCC website:

http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC/Pages/PublicVersionDevelopment.aspx.

 

 

Heat and Health Initiatives

 

***CDC Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $5.25 million to 10 state and city health departments as part of the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. The funding will be used to assess threats, make plans, and develop programs to meet the public health challenges of climate change over the next three years. CDC will assist these states and cities in partnering with local and national climate scientists to understand the potential climate changes in their areas, develop and use models to predict health impacts, monitor health effects, and identify the area’s populations that are most vulnerable to these effects.

 

For example, the State of Arizona will focus on decreasing the morbidity and mortality impact of extreme heat events, as well as increasing knowledge of healthy responses to an excessive heat situation. For more information on Arizona’s activities, please visit http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oeh/heat/index.htm.

 

To learn more about the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/climatechange/climate_ready.htm.

 

 

Funding Opportunity

 

*** EPA Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate - $6 million

Application Due: April 18, 2011

Eligible Applications: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate. Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects focused on the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. $6 million expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Responses due 4/18/11. For more info, contact Bryan Bloomer at bloomer.bryan@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_extremeevent.html

 

 

Request for Proposal - Innovative Ozone Mitigation Strategies

 

***San Joaquin Valleywide Air Pollution Study Agency Request for Proposal for Evaluation of Innovative Ozone Mitigation Strategies

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking proposals to select one contractor to conduct an analysis of ozone innovative mitigation strategies. The Technical Committee of the San Joaquin Valleywide Air Pollution Study Agency (Study Agency) is issuing this Request for Proposal to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of four innovative strategies. The strategies are Alternative Energy, Energy Efficiency, Urban Heat Island Mitigation, and Episodic Controls, and will be evaluated for the potential to reduce ozone precursor emissions and ozone formation in the San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Sacramento air basins. The evaluation will also assess the strategies’ positive and negative interactions with other environmental and economic factors. Please consult the application guidance for more information: http://www.valleyair.org/RFPs/O3Mitigation-3-8-11/ADDENDUMInnovativ....

 

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If there are others at your organization that should be included on EPA’s heat island distribution list, please direct them to the sign-up form at www.epa.gov/heatisland/admin/listserv.htm. If you do not wish to be on this distribution list, please send an e-mail message to EPA_heatisland@icfi.com with “Remove from Heat Island Listserv” as the subject line.

 

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