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Proposed ASTM Standard fosters sustainable roofing practices.

Press Release Summary:

Dec 04, 2014 - According to ASTM's Joseph Schwetz, ASTM WK46625, Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Covers, "will suggest methods and procedures for the recycling of waterproofing materials." Options are said to include recycled materials being made into new waterproofing covers, into other roofing/waterproofing products and accessories, or for other end uses. Companies can use this standard to develop recycling programs and reduce amount of roofing materials destined for landfills.

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Original Press Release

Proposed New ASTM Standard Will Contribute to Sustainable Roofing Practices

Press release date: Nov 06, 2014

Keeping used materials out of landfills is a central goal of any industry that is attempting to become more sustainable. Finding creative ways to repurpose these materials is an added challenge, but one that ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing has begun to tackle with a proposed new standard, ASTM WK46625, Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Covers.

“With less space in landfills, especially near heavily populated areas, and with higher fees for disposing waste, it makes sense to promote recycling,” says ASTM member Joseph Schwetz, technical director for Sika Sarnafil. “By recycling their roofing products, building owners can promote the fact that they are working toward sustainable goals. Using this standard, owners and designers will have a peer-reviewed option for inclusion in project specifications to ensure the roofing and waterproofing cover is being properly handled.”

ASTM WK46625 will include all types of roof and waterproofing cover. “ASTM WK46625 will suggest methods and procedures for the recycling of waterproofing materials,” says Schwetz. “Options will include the recycled materials being made into new waterproofing covers, into other roofing and waterproofing products and accessories or for a completely different end use.”

Companies will be able to use ASTM WK46625 to develop their own recycling programs to reduce the amount of roofing materials destined for landfills. Materials include both roof covers at the end of service life and those that are being removed for other reasons.

Subcommittee D08.24 on Sustainability is developing ASTM WK46625. In addition to recycling, the subcommittee is working to develop sustainable roofing standards in such areas as product durability and vegetative roofing. All interested parties are invited to join D08.24 as it continues to develop ASTM WK46625 and other proposed standards.

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.

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ASTM Committee D08 Next Meeting: Dec. 710, December Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

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