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How to Use the CRRC Database to Select Cool Roofs and Walls

One of the best tools for cool roof product selection, the CRRC maintains a database of roofing and wall products and their energy efficiency attributes.

By Sarah Schneider  
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The CRRC Directory is equipped with powerful and flexible search options to quickly identify roofing products that meet a variety of needs, such as: 

  • Increasing occupant comfort by keeping the building cooler during hot summer months* 
  • Cutting energy costs by reducing the need for air-conditioning* 
  • Meeting color and material requirements that align with a particular architectural style 
  • Complying with local building codes, ordinances, or green building programs 

The CRRC Directory is also useful for finding products that are eligible for financial incentives. Visit the CRRC website for a list of various cool roof incentives, rebates, and loans.  

Since a growing number of local jurisdictions, states, and countries are adopting codes, ordinances, and green building programs that require cool roofing materials, the CRRC Directory is also an ideal resource for users looking to comply with those requirements. Visit the CRRC website for a list of codes and standards. 

Facility managers interested in solar-reflective walls can soon search for products online. Beginning January 17, 2022, the CRRC will offer product ratings for exterior wall products. The ratings will be listed in the CRRC Rated Wall Products Directory and on CRRC Wall Product Labels. As a nascent program, the list of rated products is expected to grow over the next couple of years.  

The CRRC worked in close collaboration with industry, government, and other stakeholders on the development of the CRRC Wall Rating Program. Given the growing number of codes and programs with wall reflectance requirements and the absence of a third-party rating system, the CRRC recognized the importance of creating a program that would assist consumers in identifying compliant products, as well as cities working toward climate and heat resilience. 

Sarah Schneider is the deputy director of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that develops scientifically supported methods for evaluating and labeling the radiative properties of roofing and exterior wall products. 

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