The Energy Star program changed significantly in 2011, which impacted all Partners one way or another.
The major change involved the process of applying for and maintaining product approval, which is now done using a third-party certification system. There are no changes to the actual requirements concerning the performance of metal roofing products. The solar reflectance (SR) values for low-slope and steep-slope roofing remain the same, as well as the requirement to report thermal emittance (TE).
Here is a summary of the program requirements that went into effect January 1, 2011:
Energy Star Partners wishing to list new products are required to have an EPA-approved Accredited Lab (AL) perform the appropriate testing.
This test data will then be submitted to a Certification Body (CB) for review.
The CB will be responsible for verifying the data and will certify or reject the product(s) for EPA.
Once products are listed, they will be subject to a 10% random testing protocol each year. The 10% value refers to all products listed in a specific Energy Star category, not just a Partner's products.
The Role of the Certification Body
All new Energy Star Partners must choose a Certification Body (CB) to work with and submit products on their behalf.
There are a number of different EPA-approved CB's that Partners can choose to work with. The EPA maintains a list of approved CB's on its website, and currently the following companies are approved for the roof products category:
Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) - Oakland, CA
IAPMO R&T - Ontario, CA
Intertek - Cortland, New York
Keystone Certifications - Etters, Pennsylvania
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) - Northbrook, Illinois
Each CB works their program a little differently, although the end results will be the same: being able to use the Energy Star label to identify products that are energy efficient. Each CB charges fees as part of the work they do on a Partner's behalf, so we recommend thoroughly researching each CB to see which one will be the best fit for your company.
If you have any questions about what needs to be done to be in compliance with the new Energy Star guidelines, please contact us!