ASTM E2556 / E2556M - 10

    Standard Specification for Vapor Permeable Flexible Sheet Water-Resistive Barriers Intended for Mechanical Attachment

    Active Standard ASTM E2556 / E2556M | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.55

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification is limited to vapor permeable flexible sheet materials which are intended to be mechanically attached and are generally installed behind the cladding system in exterior walls.

    1.2 This specification is limited to the evaluation of materials and does not address installed performance. Although the fastening practices (type of fastener, fastening schedule, etc.) may affect the installed function of these materials, they are not included in this specification.

    1.3 This specification does not address integration of the water-resistive barrier with other wall elements. The topic is addressed in more detail in Practice E2112 and Guide E2266.

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

    1.5 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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D226 Specification for Asphalt-Saturated Organic Felt Used in Roofing and Waterproofing

    D779 Test Method for Water Resistance of Paper, Paperboard, and Other Sheet Materials by the Dry Indicator Method

    D828 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Paper and Paperboard Using Constant-Rate-of-Elongation Apparatus

    D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

    D4869 Specification for Asphalt-Saturated Organic Felt Underlayment Used in Steep Slope Roofing

    D5034 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)

    E96/E96M Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Materials

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E1677 Specification for Air Barrier (AB) Material or System for Low-Rise Framed Building Walls

    E2112 Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and Skylights

    E2128 Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls

    E2136 Guide for Specifying and Evaluating Performance of Single Family Attached and Detached Dwellings--Durability

    E2266 Guide for Design and Construction of Low-Rise Frame Building Wall Systems to Resist Water Intrusion

    G154 Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.060.10 (Walls. Partitions. Facades)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30000000(Structures and Building and Construction and Manufacturing Components and Supplies)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2556_E2556M-10

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