Standard Historical Last Updated: Oct 18, 2022
ASTM C1483/C1483M-17

Standard Specification for Exterior Solar Radiation Control Coatings on Buildings


This specification provides the general physical and mechanical requirements for liquid-applied exterior solar radiation control coatings designed for exterior application on buildings or other structures for the purpose of reducing thermal loads on buildings by reflecting solar radiation from roofs and walls. The specification also includes the testing procedures by which the acceptability of the material may be determined. The physical and mechanical properties to which the coatings shall be tested and accordingly adhere to are total solid weight, solid volume, solar reflectance, infrared emittance, elongation, adhesion, water vapor permeance, flame retardancy, fungi resistance, water absorption, cured sample thickness, and outdoor durability.


1.1 The purpose of this specification is to provide general requirements for products used to reduce solar gains on buildings by reflecting solar radiation from roofs and walls. Radiation Control Coating (RCC) is a liquid applied material that cures to form a solid coating having a solar reflectance of at least 0.8 and an ambient temperature infrared emittance of at least 0.8.

1.2 This specification covers the physical and mechanical properties of liquid-applied RCCs designed for exterior application for buildings.

1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems has the potential to result in non-conformance with the standard.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.06
Developed by Subcommittee: C16.21
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/C1483_C1483M-17
ICS Code: 91.120.99