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technical guidelines

Together with our members, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) has taken a leadership role in creating technical guidelines and important resources that are available to the general public.

Through the publication of its technical guidelines, the STC provides objective measures that make it possible to better understand the selection, test protocols, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems.

As an STC members-only benefit, all new STC technical guidelines and updates to existing STC technical guidelines will be free to members and available to non-STC members for $95 USD.

 

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technical guidelines

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STC performance and Durability Guidelines for Shock Pads (2020)

These guidelines provide synthetic turf sports field specifiers and facility owners with objective measures when specifying a shock pad and comparing the minimum performance and durability of different types of shock pads.

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Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Base Systems (2017)

The purpose of these voluntary guidelines is to enable owners, buyers, designers, and contractors of synthetic turf to better understand the range of decisions and variables that comprise the “base” of a synthetic turf installation.

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A Guideline to Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, and Remove Synthetic Turf Systems (2017)

The goal of this document is to help the reader better understand the range of processes for identifying and managing the removal and disposition of a synthetic turf system once it may have reached the end of its useful life, or End-of-Life (EOL).

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Suggested Environmental Guidelines for Infill (2015)

The purpose of these suggested voluntary guidelines is to provide owners, buyers and interested stakeholders an additional resource to better understand the environmental and toxicological considerations when evaluating the use of infill materials.

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Guidelines for Crumb Rubber Infill Used in Synthetic Turf Fields (2014)

The purpose of this document is to provide producers, customers, and the public with an understanding of what crumb rubber infill (CRI) is and how the industry manages its safety, purity and quality.

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Guidelines for Maintenance of Infilled Synthetic Turf Sports Fields (2013)

Also available in Spanish, these voluntary guidelines provide owners with objective maintenance guidance to augment, and not replace, the maintenance requirements and procedures of the company or companies providing the warranty for the field and the installation.

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Guidelines for Minimizing the Risk of Heat-Related Illness (2013)

On a hot, sunny day, in addition to taking proper precautions to minimize their risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke or other heat-related health complications regardless of the playing surface, those who play on synthetic turf should consider the practical risk avoidance strategies recommended in this STC guidance document.

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Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Performance (2013)

Also available in Spanish, these guidelines encourage periodic and voluntary testing to indicate the type of maintenance that should be implemented to maximize multi-purpose sports field performance. If a field is not performing within the desired range in critical test areas despite targeted maintenance, then the owner will know it may soon need to be replaced.

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Suggested Guidelines for the Essential Elements of Synthetic Turf Systems (2011)

Also available in Spanish, this document intends to provide reliable guidelines that address the need for essential elements to be included in an objective non-proprietary specification for synthetic turf systems.

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Considerations When Buying Synthetic Grass for Landscape Use (2013)

The Synthetic Turf Council has created these guidelines to help buyers of landscape synthetic grass choose from a wide range of products available in the marketplace, some of which are of uncertain quality and durability.

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Public Resources

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Synthetic Turf 360

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) created this guide to showcase the numerous uses and benefits of synthetic turf. It features information about athletic fields and the growing landscape and recreation category, which includes parks, playgrounds, homes, businesses, golf courses and more.

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Synthetic Grass 360

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) created this guide to showcase the numerous uses and benefits of synthetic grass. It features information about the widespread adoption of synthetic grass in places like parks and playgrounds, private homes and residential areas, businesses ranging from high-end hotels to corporate headquarters and highway medians to golf courses.

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Synthetic Turf FAQs

The Synthetic Turf Council provides the community with honest responses to their most frequently asked questions about health and environmental impact, player usage and injuries, cost, installation, maintenance and disposal.

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SYNTHETIC TURF MARKET REPORT

STC has released the Synthetic Turf Market Report: North America 2020. The report is the most comprehensive examination of the North American synthetic turf market ever to be developed.

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