Certifications and policies
SOPREMA is recognized in the industry for its affiliation with many certification bodies. Indeed, SOPREMA products meet the highest standards in terms of testing and approvals.
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) brings together stakeholders of the building envelope industry; it defines standards and tests for products of the air barrier industry.
This insurance company has developed test protocols to evaluate the products it insures. For a roof assembly to be approved by FM, it must pass a series of tests, including fire and wind uplift resistance.
Systems that have received FM certification are entered in the RoofNav database that lists all roofing systems from various manufacturers. This database can be found at Roofnav. For more information, please ask your technical representative.
In the area of roofing, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) provides fire resistance testing of materials and assemblies. ULC also offers certification and verification services. Many ULC standards are listed in the National Building Code as criteria to meet. For example, ULC-S107 and ULC-S126 Standards are mentioned as requirements for roofs.
Products successfully tested according to the ASTM D6162 Standard comply with the highest standards of physical properties and are recognized in Canada and the United States. ASTM D6162 evaluates the performance of bitumen membranes modified with SBS polymers and with a composite reinforcement for roof or building waterproofing. Given ASTM’s high standards, successful testing is undoubtedly a sign of quality.
Introduced into the National Building Code of Canada in March 2015, the CSA Standard A123.21 evaluates the resistance of a roof system to dynamic wind uplift. SOPREMA currently has more than 70 assemblies tested according to this standard, which is more than any other manufacturer.
The British Board of Agrément (BBA) is a UK body issuing certificates for construction products and systems and providing inspection services in support of their designers and installers.
CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The Canada Green Building Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environment-friendly buildings and development practices for sustainable communities in Canada.
CGSB 37.56-M (9th DRAFT)
This standard was established by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), a Government of Canada organization. The membranes identified with CGSB 37.56-M pass physical and mechanical tests and meet the requirements of this standard, as required by the National Building Code of Canada.
Air barrier materials are defined by their air permeance and the amount of air that passes through them. NABA defines an air barrier material as one that has been tested and has an air permeance of less than 0.02 L/(s*m2) @ 75 Pa (0.004 cfm/ft2 @ 1.57 lb/ft2). Look for the NABA logo to know which SOPREMA products have successfully completed the NABA evaluation process.
The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) is a part of the National Research Council of Canada. It provides the construction industry a national evaluation service for innovative non-standardized materials, products, systems and services in all types of construction. CCMC also evaluates products under the scope of recognized standards.
CCMC provides an opinion on whether a construction product or system complies with the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada, among others, as an acceptable solution. Acceptable solutions are those that comply with the Code’s applicable requirements.
Developed in 2011, CAN/ULC-S742 defines the performance levels of air barrier systems used in low-rise and high-rise buildings. CAN/ULC-S742 includes test methods for measuring the air leakage rate of a representative specimen of an air barrier system before and after exposure to wind pressure loading cycles. These measurements enable the determination of the air leakage rate of air barrier systems at a pressure difference of 75 Pa. Each tested air barrier system is then assigned a classification (from A1 to A5).