ASTM WK29304

    New Guide for Selection of Membranes Used in Vegetative Roofing Systems

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D08.24 | Committee D08 | Contact Staff Manager


    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. This guide offers various options for reviewing the membrane installation during and upon completion of the installation and before the vegetative components being installed. This guide applies to membranes that do or do not require ultraviolet (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 application of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    As vegetative (green) roof systems create unique situations beyond what is typical for roof waterproofing, selection criteria will be useful to designers of vegetative (green) roof systems.


    vegetative roofing; roof membrane; root resistance, ultraviolet (UV) resistance

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

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    Technical Contact:
    Joseph Schwetz


    D08 (17-02)

    Ballot Item Approved as D8014-2017 and Pending Publication