Significance and Use
This test method addresses performance characteristics for green roof systems with respect to the water permeability of the drainage media.
5.1.1 Water permeability of coarse materials is highly influenced by the head conditions under which it is measured. In green roofs, coarse materials are frequently used to create drainage zones for percolated rainfall.
5.1.2 This test method is intended to provide water permeability data that is relevant to this design condition that is characterized by horizontal flow under low-head. This will also allow the performance of granular drainage layers in green roof systems to be compared directly to alternative components, such as geocomposite drain layers.
Determining the performance characteristics of green roof systems provides information to facilitate the assessment of related engineering aspects of the facility. Such aspects may include structural design requirements, mechanical engineering and thermal design requirements, and fire and life safety requirements.
Determining the performance characteristics of green roof systems provides information to facilitate assessment of the performance of one green roof system relative to another.
1.1 This test method covers a procedure for determining the water permeability of coarse granular materials used in the drainage layers of green roof systems.
1.2 This test method addresses water permeability under the low-head conditions that typify horizontal flow in green roof applications.
1.3 This test method is suitable for coarse-grained materials with 100 % of the material retained on the U.S. #8 (2.25 mm) sieve. It is not suitable for finer-grained materials.
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered 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 to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.