Q: What is ENERGY STAR®?
A: ENERGY STAR® is a program created by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) intended to create a partnership between the Federal government and
manufacturers of energy-efficient products.
Q: What is the primary purpose
of the ENERGY STAR® program?
A: The purpose is to recognize products and services that have been
found to be energy efficient in an easily recognizable way through the use of the
ENERGY STAR® logo on such products and services and helps guide the consumer in
their buying choices. Only products that have met guidelines established by the
EPA for the ENERGY STAR® program and whose companies have become ENERGY STAR® partners
may use the logo
Q: Are roof products the only products
that are part of the ENERGY STAR® program?
A: No. The ENERGY STAR® Program is a program that can involve many
products consumers commonly use that are designed to be more energy efficient than
other products of the same type. For example, appliances that use less energy to
operate, may qualify as products that can carry the ENERGY STAR® logo.
Q: How are roof products considered
to be energy efficient
A: The EPA has determined that highly reflective roofs on low slope
(2:12 slopes or less) roofs can save on cooling costs.
Q: Has ENERGY STAR® created guidelines
for determining whether a low slope roofing product is reflective or not?
A: Yes. They are composed of reflectivity
testing per ASTM E903 or ASTM C1549. Additionally,
• Product must meet or exceed initial reflectivity of 0.65.
• Maintenance of Reflectivity must be 0.50 AND be obtained from testing of
specimens from at least three identified existing roofs that have been installed
for a minimum of three years. A minimum of three specimens per roof is required
to be tested. Roof specimens may be cleaned with soap and water before testing and
the individual data points are averaged. At least one of the identified roofs must
be located within a major metropolitan area.
Q: Where can I find products that
meet the ENERGY STAR® requirements?
A: The EPA maintains a website -
down to the manufacturer you want for a list of their ENERGY STAR® compliant products.
Q: Does GAFMC produce products
that meet ENERGY STAR® criteria?
A: Yes, many of our roof membranes and coatings comply with ENERGY