NSF standard provides manufacturers, specifiers and the building industry with verifiable, objective criteria to evaluate sustainable roofing products

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF Sustainability, a division of NSF International that provides sustainability standards development, testing, certification and claims validation for commercial, consumer and green products, has certified Sika Sarnafil S327 and G410 roofing membranes to the NSF American National Standard for sustainable roofing membranes, NSF/ANSI 347.

Certification to NSF/ANSI 347: Sustainability Assessment for Single Ply Roofing Membranes is based on point totals to achieve a conformant, silver, gold or platinum level certification. Sika Sarnafil is the first company to earn the highest achievement, the Platinum level certification to the standard, providing architects and contractors with a certified sustainable option for roofing membranes.

NSF/ANSI 347 provides a framework for assessing the environmental and societal impacts of single ply roofing membranes across the product life cycle - from raw material extraction through manufacturing, use and end-of-life management. By earning Platinum level certification for its products, Sika Sarnafil demonstrates its commitment to apply sustainable approaches to product development and corporate operations. Certification also differentiates its products in the marketplace, enabling a preferred vendor status with those that seek sustainable products.

NSF/ANSI sustainability assessment standards are recognized by companies, organizations and governments as credible tools to identify and source sustainable products. For example, the U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA), through Executive Order 13514, has set a goal to ensure 95 percent of all new contracts require products and services with more sustainable attributes (e.g. energy and water efficient, recycled), many of which are identified as criteria in NSF/ANSI 347.

“As the first to earn Platinum level NSF/ANSI 347 certification, Sika Sarnafil is providing a  more sustainable product for builders and architects striving to achieve green building certifications or other sustainability goals and is setting a high bar for the green building industry,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of the NSF International Sustainability Division.

“Certification of our roofing membranes to NSF/ANSI 347 is further verification of our commitment to sustainable business practices,” said Stan Graveline, Vice President of Technical Services, Sika Sarnafil.  “Sika Sarnafil is committed to helping  building owners achieve their sustainability goals by providing sustainable, long lasting, energy efficient  roofing products and by offering an industry leading roof recycling program that takes back old vinyl membrane and recycles it into new roofing membrane products.”

To earn certification, Sika Sarnafil’s single ply roofing membranes and manufacturing process had to meet multi-attribute criteria outlined in NSF/ANSI 347. The standard employs a point system to evaluate roofing membrane products against established requirements, performance criteria and quantifiable metrics in five key areas:

  • Product Design – Integration of environmental and life cycle thinking into the product design process
  • Product Manufacturing – Quantification of the environmental impacts from manufacturing, and actions to reduce or eliminate those impacts
  • Membrane Durability – Membrane physical properties, service life and repairability
  • Corporate Governance – Human rights, child labor, forced labor, employee safety and education, and community responsibility
  • Innovation - Advancements beyond the requirements for product design, product manufacturing and long-term value

Sika Sanafil’s S327 and G410 single ply roofing membranes can now bear the NSF Sustainability Certified mark on products and in advertising. Certified products are publicly listed on NSF’s website.

How the NSF/ANSI 347 Standard Was Developed

NSF International, which has developed more than 80 American national public health and sustainability standards, developed the standard in partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders through the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS). The NCSS used the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited consensus process to develop NSF/ANSI 347, which included input from manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory officials, academics, industry representatives and end users.

Membrane products covered by NSF/ANSI 347 include, but are not limited to, membranes produced from EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer), KEE (ketone ethylene ester), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) and PIB (polyisobutylene) polymers.

For additional information, download the NSF/ANSI 347 brochure or contact Dennis Gillan at (734) 476-2543 or sustainability@nsf.org. To purchase a copy of NSF/ANSI 347, please visit the NSF Bookstore.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality systems management to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF has developed sustainability standards for product categories such as chemicals, building products and materials, and water quality. NSF works with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to develop these transparent, consensus-based standards.

Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems registration, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.

About Sika AG: Sika AG, located in Baar, Switzerland, is a globally active specialty chemicals company. Sika supplies the building and construction industry as well as manufacturing industries (automotive, bus, truck, rail, solar and wind power plants, façades). Sika is a leader in processing materials used in sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting load-bearing structures. Sika’s product lines feature high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, and roofing and waterproofing systems. Worldwide local presence in 80 countries and some 15,200 employees link customers directly to Sika and guarantee the success of all partners. Sika generated annual sales of CHF 4.829 billion in 2012. For more information about Sika Sarnafil in the U.S., visit http://usa.sarnafil.sika.com/.