Dec 2011

.Volume 6, Issue 6     

Editor's Note

It is December and needless to say, most of us are looking forward to the year end Christmas and New Year celebrations. To our readers, we take opportunity to wish you

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

We hope It has been a great year for you as it has been a rather good year for Colourcoil Industries. The response we have received with regards to our high performance "KOOL" pre-painted steel products from both house owners and designers have been very positive indeed. We look forward to your continued support in the coming year.

As for our newsletter, we will continue to feature articles on cool metal roofs and will update you with our new product offers.

Thank you.

Team leader & Editor


Kool Roofing Metal


Previous e-Newsletter

Vol 5. Issue 6 Dec 2010
Vol 6. Issue 1 Feb 2011
Vol 6. Issue 2 Apr 2011

Vol 6. Issue 3 Jun 2011
Vol 6. Issue 4 Aug 2011
Vol 6. Issue 5 Oct 2011

Click on Articles of interest

a) More Tips - Maintenance of
   old Metal Roofs

b) GOOD DESIGN - Dissimilar
    (i.e. incompatible) Materials

c) Technical Journal - Steel
   Cladding for Animal
   Confinement Buildings

d) Energy Savings with Cool Metal

e) Urban Heat Island (UHI) & cool
   metal roofs

f) IKRAM Certification

g) Colourcoil recognized as an

h) Radiative properties of cool
    metal roofs

i) Meeting Energy Star Solar-
   Reflective Roofing Requirements

j) Kynar 500 Resin is the best
   choice for "cool metal roofs"

k) What is a Cool Metal Roof

l) We are ISO9001:2008 certified

m) Strong value for green buildings

n) Case Study#1 - Cool metal roofs
    saves energy costs

o) Why is metal roofing considered

p) What is the difference between a
    cool roof, a white roof and a
    green roof? What about solar?

    insulation be as effective as a
    cool metal roof?

r) The planet is warming. Cool roofs
   can cool it down.

s) Be Cool - Cool Metal Roofs
    Provide Long-Term Energy and
    Durability Benefits for Buildings

t) Metal roofing and rain water

u) Article on Cool roofing metals in
   Roof & Facade Asia magazine

v) One more reason to use "cool"
   metal roofs

w) Malaysia Building Energy
    Consumption Statistics


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Be Cool - Cool Metal Roofs Provide Long-Term Energy and Durability Benefits for Buildings

New ELITE Series® (Colour Palette & Specification)

Factory visit

Exclusive Dinner with 2011/2012 PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman and Council Members

Colourcoil Industries Products Display at MEEC, MATRADE

Final Round of Nation-wide Seminars on “KOOL Energy Efficient Pre-Painted Steel for Metal Roofing”

Seminar Inovasi dan Pameran Bahan Binaan Lestari, Cawangan Akitek, JKR Malaysia

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Be Cool - Cool Metal Roofs Provide Long-Term Energy and Durability Benefits for Buildings
In today’s tough economic climate, the decision about which roofing material to use can hinge as much on the material’s sustainable attributes—such as energy efficiency—as on its appearance and cost. Because a roof can have a significant impact on the energy use in a building, the material selection is an important decision. Increasingly, building designers, engineers and owners are turning to cool metal roofing products to meet their demands for durability, energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness as they look for ways to enhance their investment.

Cool roofs have radiative properties that reduce surface temperature, minimize the amount of heat transferred into the living space below and reduce the heat released from the surface to the ambient air. The energy efficiency benefits of a cool roof are determined primarily by two properties: total solar reflectance and infrared emittance. Cool metal roofing products comprise of unpainted metal and pre-painted metal for steep-slope and low-slope applications. They are part of an interdependent system of exterior roofing surfaces, substrates, underlayments, configurations, ventilation and insulation.

In terms of durability, metal roofs are resistant to wind, fire, hail and snow, and are less affected by the hot-cold and wet-dry cycles that can destroy other materials. Metal roofs inherently are non-combustible, thereby reducing the spread of fire in and among buildings. They are made of inert, safe materials that do not pose a health risk. Commercial metal roofs have been in service for 30 years or more, and painted roofs are credibly warranted up to 25 years. This durability translates into lower life-cycle costs, making metal roofing the choice of many school, government, commercial, industrial and institutional building owners. 

Energy Efficiency

A key consideration in the selection of a cool roof is the product’s energy efficiency. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Buildings Technology Center completed a three-year comparison study to evaluate the energy efficiency and service life of metal roofing systems. The study compared various metal roofing materials placed side-by-side in steep-slope and low-slope applications, including painted and unpainted galvanized steel, painted and unpainted Aluminum-zinc coated steel and painted aluminum roofing. The materials were tested at ORNL in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and at test fence exposure sites in Florida, Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania. Additional test fence data from 10, 15 and more than 30 years of exposure also were evaluated.

The evaluations included a comparison of solar reflectance and emittance data for the materials. Reflected solar energy allows the roof surface to remain cooler, ensuring that less heat is transferred into the building. Unpainted metal roofs, as well as metal roofs painted with cool coatings, reflect much of the solar radiation that strikes the roof, keeping the building cooler.

The infrared emittance of a roof is a measure of absorbed solar radiation that is re-emitted from the roof surface to the sky (see Figure 1). The emittance of metal roofing varies with the surface finish; painted roofing can be as high as 90 percent.

Figure 1

The ORNL study demonstrated that:

  • Metal panels maintain high levels of reflectance even after continued exposure to the elements throughout many years (see Figure 2).
  • The pre-painted metal roofing retained 95 percent of its initial solar reflectance over the testing period. The panels also maintained high levels of emittance, which increased slightly in some cases.
  • The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program required field testing at three different building sites. The results for painted metal showed the reflectance to be very similar whether exposed in Florida, Nova Scotia or Pennsylvania.
  • Long-term weathering does not significantly affect the solar reflectance or the infrared emittance of painted metal roof panels.
  • Painted metal panels maintained their energy efficiency better over time than any of the other roofing systems studied.

Figure 2

Choosing the Right Roof for Your Climate

Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90 percent of absorbed solar radiation. In areas where annual heating loads dominate, an unpainted metal roof may be more desirable because of its low infrared emittance, which allows more solar energy to come into the building envelope in winter. The emittance of painted metal roofing can be as high as 90 percent.

When choosing and installing a cool roofing system, material specifiers and building owners also should know that:

  • Buildings consume one-third of all energy and two-thirds of all electricity generated. Cool roofs help reduce energy consumption by lowering cooling loads.
  • Cool metal roofing helps mitigate the urban heat island effect because highly emissive roofs can lower urban air temperatures, benefiting the environment by reducing smog formation.
  • Because it has a lighter weight per unit area than heavier non-metal roofing alternatives, metal roofing can yield structural savings in certain buildings.
  • In some applications, energy savings from a painted metal roof, when compared to a traditional built-up roof, can translate to significant cost savings, allowing the roof to pay for itself in as little as nine years. In other applications, roof payout is well within its projected 30- to 50-year lifespan.
  • Subject to local codes, most metal roofing, including standing seam, can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof. This saves removal and disposal costs, reduces landfill waste, and promotes quick installation. It also provides decades of environmentally sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.
  • Metal roofing contains at least 25 percent recycled content, and is 100 percent recyclable when removed as part of a building renovation or demolition. Unlike many other construction products, most metals can be easily recycled back into new products, without the need to downcycle the material.
  • Cool metal roofs contribute to the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council LEED and Malaysia's GBI (Green Building Index) rating system because of their recycled content and contribution to reducing the urban heat island effect. 

Ease of Maintenance

Metallic-coated or pre-painted metal roofing is inherently a very low-maintenance product that will last 30 to 40 years or more. The ORNL study proved that painted and unpainted metal roofs show less effect from weather extremes over time, maintaining surface properties and resisting soiling. 

Metal roofing has been proven to retain its solar reflective properties far better than competing cool roof products, without any regular cleaning or maintenance. In the ORNL study, the painted metal roofs maintained their original manufactured appearance. Rains with a measured pH of 4.3 did not etch the metal finish after three years.

When selecting a roofing product for commercial or residential projects, cool metal roofs make good business sense, providing long-lasting, sustainable benefits for a strong return on investment.

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New ELITE Series® (Colour Palette & Specification)
Colourcoil Industries is proud to announce that our new ELITE Series colour palette and specification sheet are finally out. "Cool" metal roofs manufactured using ELITE Series pre-painted steel not only come with a 10 year warranty against colour fading, chalking and peeling, but the colours are also solar-reflective and they comply to GBI (Green Building Index) requirements as well.

High Performance pre-painted steel
(KOOL energy - efficient, solar reflective roofing metals)
Warranty* against colour fading, chalking and delamination Warranty* against corrosion Click on Pics to view our new colour charts**
COLOURCOIL®  ELITE SeriesTM 10 yrs 25 yrs
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COLOURCOIL®  PVF2 SeriesTM 20 yrs 25 yrs
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20 yrs 25 yrs
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** We cannot guarantee accurate color reproduction, since the monitor settings vary from one computer to the
    next. To be certain of your choice, compare the color code with the corresponding color sample.

Architects, home owners or developers who are thinking of going green can now specify our high performance pre-painted steel products for their metal roofs with confidence as they comply to Malaysia's GBI (Green Building Index) as well as U.S ENERGY STAR requirements. (Solar reflective (SR) and Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) values are published next to the colour chips in the colour charts).

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Factory Visit
A group of delegates from Public Works Department or JKR, of Labuan F.T., headed by Mr. Wan Zulkifli Bin Wan Yusoff, the Head of Assistant Directors for the Maintenance Unit of the department, dropped by for a technical visit at Colourcoil Industries on 14th October 2011.

This is the second time around a delegate from JKR Labuan has come to visit us and we thank them for their desire to learn more about our state-of-the-art coating-line and the new solar-reflective coatings we have now on our products which make them GBI-compliant and energy efficient.

Photo showing Colourcoil Industries Sales & Marketing Executive Mr. Yiung, first on the left, Commercial Manager Mr. Peter Wong, sixth from right and Mr. Wan Zulkifli, fifth from right, together with other Labuan personnel and contractors.

Should you wish to conduct a technical factory visit to us, please do not hesitate to contact any of our Colourcoil Industries representatives. We would be happy to hear from you!

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Exclusive Dinner with 2011/2012 PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman and Council Members
As its tradition, Colourcoil Industries hosted an exclusive dinner with the few months-old 2011/2012 PAM (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia / Malaysian Institute of Architects) Sabah Chapter Chairman, his distinguished office bearers and fellow council members.

The dinner, held on 29th November 2011 at the English Tea House & Restaurant in Jesselton Point in the Kota Kinabalu city, was to take the opportunity to congratulate the immediate past chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit and his council for a successful term and congratulate the new chairman, Ar. Lo Su Yin and his office bearers and councils and wishing them the very best in their term on the job. Also present were representatives from the PAM Sabah Chapter Graduates division, Architect Graduates Mr. James Wong Kein Peng and Ms. Sharon Amin, as well as Engineer Paul Pracy from Pracy International, based in Sydney, Australia who was in town to facilitate the major upgrading works of the coating line in Colourcoil Industries.

Everyone took home a special two-tiered umbrella or vented top umbrella, thus providing better ventilation during those hot sunny days and further protection in windy conditions, just as how Colourcoil’s new KOOL solar-reflective pre-painted steel is able to mitigate the heat better and provide higher superior protection and performance in harsh environments, when used for metal roofing.  

Colourcoil Industries takes this opportunity to thank PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman, and all his members, for all the strong & continuous, mutual support that exists and has fostered between Colourcoil Industries and its members over the past years. Once again, we look forward to Chairman Ar. Lo Su Yin and his council in having a wonderful and successful term.

Group photo after dinner of Colourcoil Industries staff headed by its Directors Mr. Roger Ling (centre, sitting) and Mr. James Lok (far right, sitting) together with PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman, Ar. Lo Su Yin (fourth from left, sitting).

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Colourcoil Industries Products Display at MEEC, MATRADE
Colourcoil Industries is delighted to announce that it has taken up a display area at the Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre (MEEC) at the Headquarters of the MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation building.

Photo of Colourcoil Industries display booth at MEEC, MATRADE Headquarters Building
For visitors who are interested in engaging trade with us, you are invited to visit our booth at MEEC which is located at:

Second Floor, East Wing, Menara MATRADE
Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Visiting hours
Monday- Thursday         : 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Friday                           : 9.00 am - 12.15 pm
                                    : 2.45 pm - 5.00 pm

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

 For more information on MEEC or MATRADE, please visit their website.

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Final Round of Nation-wide Seminars on “KOOL Energy Efficient Pre-Painted Steel for Metal Roofing”
Colourcoil Industries finally finished off its round of its nation-wide campaign this year in promoting its KOOL energy efficient pre-painted steel for cool metal roofs.

In Sabah, the presentation was held at De Leon Hotel, Lahad Datu on 27th October 2011. Among those attended included officials from the Public Works Department or JKR of the town and key active developers of the area.

Group photo of presentation held in Lahad Datu

In Peninsular Malaysia, successful presentations were held to the management and personnel of the following departments:

National Housing Department (Enforcement Unit) which is under the purview of the Ministry of Local Housing & Government on 4th October 2011 at its headquarters in Putrajaya.


General Building Works Division of the Public Works Department of Malaysia Headquarters at the PJD Tower on 22nd November 2011.

Although this year campaign is nearing an end, Colourcoil Industries will continue to promote solar-reflective energy efficient cool roofing metals as we believe in not just making long-term profits in business but also in contributing to the sustainable development of our surrounding community.

This can be done by Colourcoil Industries doing its part in creating awareness on the importance of using metal for roofing as it recyclable material, especially those that come with solar-reflective coatings which can help reduce cooling energy load, mitigate the urban island heat effects, reduce air pollution hence all other subsequent negative health and ecological effects associated with air pollution, and of course, for those who are serious about saving energy, they also help you save up significantly on cooling bills.

Should you wish to request an exclusive presentation at your department or office, please do not hesitate to contact any of our Colourcoil Industries representatives. We would be happy to hear from you!

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Seminar Inovasi dan Pameran Bahan Binaan Lestari, Cawangan Akitek, JKR Malaysia
Colourcoil Industries was honoured to have been invited to present an hours’ product talk at the 2-day ‘Seminar Inovasi dan Pameran Bahan Binaan Lestari’ or Seminar on Innovation and Exhibition on Sustainable Building Materials organized by the Building Technology and Innovation Department, Architect Branch of the Public Works Department Malaysia Headquarters located at the Menara Tun Ismail Mohamed Ali, on 15th November 2011.

Almost 50 architects from various units in the Architects Branch benefited from the seminar. We wish to acknowledge and thank all participants for their enquiries and interest shown on our products and the organizers especially Pn. Rosmawati Ismail Effendi and Cik Nawwar Bt Ahmad Farouk for the great opportunity to enable us to further promote Colourcoil products and services to the key designers of buildings in the nation, and enhance our name in the local building and design sector in Peninsular Malaysia.

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Whether you are an architect, engineer, developer, house owner or a metal roofing or wall cladding manufacturer, our marketing team will be most delighted to discuss with you on your specific product requirements.

If you wish to make a factory visit, obtain a free brochure or complete specifications and colour charts, please contact our courteous and friendly marketing staff by calling the nearest office or just drop us an email at

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