Thermal Insulation and Roofing Materials for For Low-Slope Membrane Roofing Systems

    About the Course
    This course gives you an understanding of ASTM material and test standards and why they are a good foundation for the development of roofing specifications.

    Learn To

    • Identify key ASTM specifications and test methods used for bituminous and non-bituminous roofing, as well as associated thermal insulations
    • How the ASTM standardization process works
    • Utilize current research recommendations to improve roofing specifications
    • Improve roof specifications by defining the limitations of current standards and how to upgrade them
    • Track forces that are changing building codes and causing regulation of roofing materials and systems.

    On-Site Fees
    Please contact sales here or call 1-877-909-ASTM. Fees will include:

    • Course Notes
    • Certificate of Attendance
    • 1.4 Continuing Education Units
    • Coffee Breaks.

    Who Should Attend

    • Research Technologists
    • General Contractors
    • Inspectors
    • Roofing Consultants
    • Architects
    • Designers
    • Engineers
    • Specification Writers
    • Marketing and Sales Personnel
    • Manufacturers and Distributors of Commercial Roofing Membranes, Thermal Insulations, and Associated Materials
    • Building Owners, Property Managers
    • Government Agencies

    Course Outline
    Day One

    • Bituminous Roofing Standards
    • Surfacings Used in Commercial Roofing
    • Quality Standards
    • CIB-Rilem System Requirements
    • New Impact, Static Load, and Fatigue Tests
    • VOC Requirements for Solvent-Based Materials
    • Flash Point, Evaporation Rate Reflectibility, Durability
    • Polymer Modified Bituminous Systems
    • New materials specification
    • Relationship CIB-RILEM
    • Single-Ply Materials, including EPDM and Thermoplastics
    • Spray-In-Place Polyurethane Roofing
    • Recommended Practices
    • Fire, Wind, and Hail Testing
    • Current Topics in Roofing Technology

    Day Two

    • Thermal Insulation Material Used in Commercial Roofing
    • Current Thermal Insulation Standards
    • Understanding Roofing Insulation Properties that Affect Performance: (Comprehensive Strength, Dimensional Stability, Laminar Strength, etc.)
    • Thermal Insulation Issues, Resources, and Recommendations
    • Open Discussion


    Richard L. Fricklas is the Technical Director Emeritus of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute, and past director of the Better Understanding of Roofing Systems Institute. He is the co-author of the Manual of Low Slope Roofing and contributing editor for RSI and Roofing Specifier Magazines.

    Mr. Fricklas has received the Walter C. Voss award from ASTM and is past chairman of D08.04 on Felts and Fabrics, a subcommittee of Committee D-8 on Roofing, Waterproofing, and Bituminous Materials. In addition, he has received the J.A. Piper Award from the National Roofing Contractors Association, the James Q. McCawley Award from MRCA, a Life-time Achievement Award from the Institute of Roofing and Waterproofing Consultants, and an honorary membership in the Roof Consultants Institute.

    *Subject to Change

    Referenced ASTM Documents

    The following are a sample of the referenced documents that will be used. In addition, several ASTM Special Technical Publications (STPs) on Roofing will also be used.


    Specifications for:
    D 312 Asphalt Used in Roofing
    D 5726 Thermoplastic Fabrics/Hot-Applied Roofing and aterproofing

    Guide for:
    D 6510 Selection of Asphalt Used in Built-Up Roofing Systems

    Test Method for:
    D 4989 Apparent Viscosity (Flow) of Roofing Bitumens Using the Parallel Plate Plastometer


    Specification for:
    D 6298 Fiberglass Reinforced Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Modified Bituminous Sheet with Factory Applied Metal Surface

    Test Method for:
    D 5147 Sampling and Testing Modified Bituminous Sheet Material


    Specifications for:
    C 578 Rigid, Cellular Polystyrene Thermal Insulation
    C 1289 Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation


    Test Methods for:
    D 5602 Static Puncture Resistance/Roof Membrane Specimens
    D 5635 Dynamic Puncture Resistance/Roof Membrane Specimens


    Test Method for:
    E 1918 Measuring Solar Reflectance of Horizontal and Low-Sloped Surfaces in the Field

    Practice for:
    E 1980 Calculating Solar Reflectance Index of Horizontal and Low-Sloped Opaque Surfaces


    Guide for:
    D 5469 Application of New Spray Applied Polyurethane Foam and Coated Roofing Systems

    On-Site Training Available
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    About ASTM and Sponsoring Committee D08
    Established in 1898, ASTM is one of the worlds largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the worlds most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards contains over 12,000 standards written by our 140 technical committees. The standards used in this course were developed by Committee D08 on Roofing, Waterproofing, and Bituminous Materials. For more information on Committee D08, contact Joseph Hugo at (610) 832-9720. For more information on this course please contact sales here or call 1-877-909-ASTM.