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Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

The CMRC is a group of trade associations that promote the environmental and energy savings benefits of Cool Metal Roofing.  With over 10 members including manufacturers, green energy professionals and industry executives, the CMRC membership shares the collective knowledge and industry research regarding the benefits that cool metal roofing brings to the building envelope.

What is Cool Metal Roofing?

Metal Roofing is COOL - Cool metal roofing is a family of sustainable, energy efficient roofing products comprised of unpainted metal, pre-painted metal and granular-coated metal. It is available in a wide variety of finishes, colors, textures, and profiles for steep-slope and low-slope applications. Cool metal roofing products are part of an interdependent system of exterior roofing surfaces, substrates, underlayments, configurations, ventilation, and insulation.

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Cool Metal Roofing is Highly Reflective

Metal roofing meets the EPA Energy Star Roof Products Program performance criteria. Metal roofing is also eligible for other cool roof incentive programs.

Cool Metal Roofing is Available with High Emissivity

Emissivity as high as 90% can be achieved for painted and granular-coated metal roofing.

Cool Metal Roofing is Very Durable

Metal roofs are credibly proven to last up to 60 years with minimal maintenance. Metal roofs are documented to resist wind, hail, fire, and earthquakes. Painted metal roofs retain 95% of their initial reflectance and emittance over time.

Cool Metal Roofing has Recycled Content and is Recyclable

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Metal roofs typically have a minimum recycled content of 25%. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of a long, useful life.

Cool Metal Roofing has Low Life-Cycle Cost

Due to its credible long life and documented durability, metal roofing makes an attractive investment.

Cool Metal Roofing is Aesthetically Pleasing

Metal roofing is available in a wide range of finishes, colors and profiles, giving architects extensive design flexibility.


Why Are Cool Metal Roofing's Energy Benefits so Important?

  • 01The US primary energy consumption is expected to grow 1.1% annually – source EIA
  • 02By 2030, our nation’s electricity demands will be 45% greater than today – source Nuclear Energy Institute
  • 03The level of oil imports will remain between 53% and 68% of our total oil usage through 2030 – source EIA


founding members CMRC 2The 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 has the mission of educating architects, building owners, specifiers, codes & standards officials, and other stakeholders about the sustainable, energy-related benefits of metal roofing.

To learn more about the Metal Construction Association, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, the American Iron and Steel Institute or the National Coil Coating Association please visit their respective websites.



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