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!!