Energy Star is a label given to material that has qualified for an Energy Star rating. In roofing, this rating is given to products that save a measurable amount of energy, which in turn saves consumers money on their energy bills. This is important to both consumers and businesses because the more energy efficient we make our homes and businesses, the less money we have to spend on heating and cooling (did you know that Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings? one-sixth of all electricity generated in this country source - http://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/roof-products) Plus, if we use Energy Star products in conjunction with other Energy Star improvements such as windows, insulation and HVAC equipment, we could make huge strides in reducing our overall energy needs.
How to qualify for Energy Star Rating
In order to qualify for an Energy Star rating, building materials have to pass certain specifications set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The specifications are based on the following set of key guiding principles (per www.energystar.gov/products/how-product-earns-energy-star-label) :
Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
Certified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
If the certified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.
Browse Shingle Options
Traditional Shingles are the original and the most basic of roofing shingles available in the industry. Strip Shingles are denoted by the fact that they are single layered roofing shingles that are generally designed to look like slate. Strip Roofing Shingles have a very flat appearance on the roof line and are typically the lightest weight roofing shingles available in the market.
Designer Shingles are now the predominant roofing shingles installed in North America. These products are manufactured as dual layered products (or multi-layered in the case of CertainTeeds tri-laminate technology) and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look).
Luxury Shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance or functionality from traditional Dimensional Roofing Shingles. These products may have designs that mimic old-world roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake roofing shingles.