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Energy Star Launches Roof Products Program With 65 Charter Partners

Energy Star-labeled roof products are the newest addition to the highly successful Energy Star program. Products bearing the Energy Star label are more energy efficient than standard products, so they save energy and money. In general, Energy Star-labeled products appliances, HVAC equipment, office equipment, residential lighting and even homes reduce energy costs by at least 30 percent.

“Approximately $40 billion is spent annually in the U.S. to air condition buildings,” says Rachel Schmeltz, Energy Star program manager. “Reflective roof products that meet the Energy Star specifications can help to reduce energy bills by up to 50 percent and reduce peak cooling demand by 10 percent to 15 percent. Energy Star-labeled roof products protect the environment by reducing the amount of energy that must be generated to air condition buildings, thereby reducing the amount of pollution released into the air by power plants.” As in other Energy Star programs, the Energy Star Roof Products Program is a voluntary partnership designed and implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Working with roofing industry representatives, EPA now has developed specifications for roofing products, based on their reliability and energy efficiency as measured by solar reflectance. Manufacturers can put the Energy Star label on roof products that meet or exceed these specifications.

The Energy Star Roof Products Program, launched at the National Roofing Contractors Association convention and exhibition in Phoenix, began with 65 charter members. Energy Star specifications are not restricted to any type of roof product. However, EPA expects that initially metal, single-ply membrane and roof coating products will be most widely represented.

Information on the Energy Star labeled Roof Products is available through the Energy Star hotline at 1-888-782-7937 or on the web (choose “roof products” from the product menu).

Building Operating Management
May 1999

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