Draft Details

Designation:CSA A123.21
Review start date:Dec 21, 2018
Review end date:Feb 21, 2019
Contact email:sue.ruscetta(at)csagroup.org
Draft Scope/Description:

1 Scope


This test method determines the wind uplift resistance of membrane-roofing systems when subjected to dynamic wind load cycles. The test methods are applicable to

a) mechanically attached membrane roofing systems; and

b) adhered membrane roofing systems.

The roofing system consists of a deck and roofing membrane. It includes components such as vapour barriers or retarders, insulation, cover board, etc. It is subjected to a dynamic load sequence that has been developed based on wind pressure records, simulating the effects of wind on membrane-roof assemblies.

Note: The roof membrane may be designated as the plane of air tightness.


The following limitations apply for the test methods in this Standard:

a) Method 1: Testing in accordance with this test method is limited to mechanically attached membrane roofing systems having a fastener row separation not greater than 2896 mm (114 in) and fastener in-line spacing not greater than 610 mm (24 in).

b) Method 2: Testing in accordance with this test method is limited to adhered membrane roofing systems.


The values given in SI (metric) units are the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.


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