ASTM D8014 - 17

    Standard Guide for Selection of Membranes Used in Vegetative Roofing Systems

    Active Standard ASTM D8014 | Developed by Subcommittee: D08.24

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.04


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide provides the general information, procedures, and guidelines for the selection of the waterproofing membrane to create a waterproofing system for a Vegetative (Green) roof.

    4.2 This guide is not all inclusive; this guide is intended to supplement detailed instructions from manufacturers, ASTM Standards, and building code requirements.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance in the selection of a suitable waterproofing membrane within a vegetative roof system. The guide offers various options for reviewing the membrane installation during and upon completion of the installation and prior to the vegetative components being installed. This guide applies to membranes that do or do not require UV protection. For the purpose of this guide, the supporting structure and roof deck are assumed to be mechanically and structurally sound and will accept the weight of the vegetative roof system including the membrane, insulation, and other roofing/waterproofing components including all components related to the vegetative layers as well as the required design loads. Slope to drain at the membrane level is preferred and should be included where possible. Providing a replacement or a re-cover vegetative roofing system on an existing building may require that the support structure be reinforced so that it can safely support the additional weight of the vegetative roof system and also provide the minimum live load capacity required by the building code.

    1.2 Design criteria associated with the vegetative portions of the system are beyond the scope of this guide. Please refer to Guide E2777.

    1.3 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.

    1.4 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.


    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

    D1079 Terminology Relating to Roofing and Waterproofing

    D5957 Guide for Flood Testing Horizontal Waterproofing Installations

    D7877 Guide for Electronic Methods for Detecting and Locating Leaks in Waterproof Membranes

    E2777 Guide for Vegetative (Green) Roof Systems

    ANSI/SPRI Standards

    ANSI/SPRI VR-1 Procedure for Investigating Resistance to Root Penetration on Vegetative Roofs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.060.20 (Roofs)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30151505(Roofing membranes)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8014-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8014-17, Standard Guide for Selection of Membranes Used in Vegetative Roofing Systems, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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