CARBON FOOTPRINT
CARBON FOOTPRINT - Sustainable Products for the Sustainable Building Movement
Sustainability
Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable materials you can choose for your home’s roof. Energy efficiency, recyclability, and extremely low maintenance requirements are the main areas where metal really shines.
Green Solutions
Leeds
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Cool Roof
There are two excellent resources for information regarding Cool Roofing and Cool Metal Roofing.

The Cool Roof Rating Council  (CRRC) is an independent and non-biased organization that has established a rating system. The core of the CRRC is its Product Rating Program through which roofing product manufacturers can label their products with solar reflectance and thermal emittance values measured by CRRC Accredited Independent Testing Laboratories.  The CRRC does not set a minimum definition for "cool".  However, code bodies and programs can reference its rating system.  The CRRC simply lists the measured radiative property values in its Directory.  Any roofing product can be tested as long as it is in compliance with the CRRC Program Manual, CRRC-

1.  A product's placement in the Directory does not mean that the product is "cool" as defined by any particular code body or program. For more information on the CRRC, Click Here.

The mission of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition is to educate architects, building owners, specifiers, code and standards officials and other interested parties on the sustainable, energy-related benefits of cool metal roofing. This website provides many articles and studies of buildings using Cool Metal Roofing.

ENERGY STAR
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy Star labeled roof products can save money and the environment by reducing energy use. They work by reflecting more of the sun's energy back into the atmosphere, keeping your building cooler and reducing your air conditioning bills. Because much of the United State's electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels creating air pollution, reducing the amount of energy needed to cool buildings helps to reduce the production of air pollutants. In addition, the air in urban areas can be 6-8°F hotter than surrounding rural areas. Scientists call these areas "urban heat islands." These heat islands can make the effects of local air pollution worse and can increase the cooling costs for buildings within the area affected by the heat island.
Western Corrugating. is proud to say that we are an Energy Star Partner and many of our Cool Roof colors have reflectivity performance levels that meet Energy Star criteria at 2:12 pitch or greater.  For more information on Energy Star roofing products, Click Here.
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