NCI and Star are affiliated with several trade organizations involved in regulating general building practices, which can include standards for green buildings, as well as the following associations focused specifically on the improvement of environmental building policies and products.
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The U.S. Green Building Council is a private (non-government), non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone. They certify green buildings for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), offer licensing and professional development through local organizations, and publish reference and research materials. For more information, visit USGBC on the Web.
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ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps consumers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. A strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches. That is why an ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings and rewarding improvements. EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system that recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR. For more information, visit ENERGY STAR on the Web.
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Cool Roof Rating Council
The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) is an independent, non-profit organization that maintains a third-party rating system for radiative properties of roof surfacing materials. They produce a directory of cool roofs rated products. For more information, visit the Cool Roofs Rating Council on the Web.
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Cool Metal Roofing Coalition
The Cool Metal Roofing Coalition was founded in 2002 by five industry trade associations to help the public understand the business and environmental rationale for specifying cool metal roofing systems. The Coalition educates architects, building owners, specifiers, codes and standards officials, and other stakeholders about the sustainable, energy-related benefits of metal roofing. The Sustaining Members of the Coaltion are the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Metal Construction Association (MCA), National Coil Coating Association (NCCA), and North American Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association (NamZac). For more information, visit Cool Metal Roofing on the Web.