The A Through Z Of Associations Part 3

There are many associations that roofing manufacturers, contractors and other industry professionals can be involved with. Some are technical and engineering-oriented; others are sales and networking associations; and some deal with each of these aspects in the roofing and construction industries.

This is the third in a series of posts that will discuss the various associations that benefit roofing manufacturers, contractors, and other industry professionals.


The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) was created in 1998 to develop accurate and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance (radiative properties) of roofing products and to disseminate the information to all interested parties.

The CRRC is incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization to: implement and communicate fair, accurate, and credible radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces; support research into energy-related radiative properties of roofing surfaces, including durability of those properties; and provide education and objective support to parties interested in understanding and comparing various roofing options.

At the core of the CRRC is its Product Rating Program, in which roofing manufacturers can label various roof surface products with radiative property values rated under a program administered by the CRRC.


The Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. Members include specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, and building materials suppliers.

CSI is known in the industry for its strict certification programs for professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise construction documents.


The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, and to developing the codes used in the residential and commercial construction industries. Most U.S. cities, counties, and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.

The following organizations founded the ICC: Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI), who had developed three separate sets of model codes used regionally throughout the United States. These groups then formed the International Code Council and a single set of codes was created without regional limitations.