The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) provides code compliance assessments of construction products in relation to national and provincial building, energy and safety codes in Canada. These can be used by Canadian construction regulators, designers, and specifiers.
CCMC code compliance assessments are published as either an evaluation or a certification, depending on the process followed by the CCMC. Both types of assessments are supported by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
For each successful assessment, the CCMC publishes a code compliance certificate on this registry, allowing users to review the evidence of compliance when making product approval decisions. Assessed products must be identified by the CCMC number associated with the assessment published on this registry.
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How to read a code compliance certificate
Code compliance certificates are intended to provide both a quick reference stating code compliance and a more in-depth presentation of technical evidence used to support a product's compliance. The information presented is technical in nature and contains important information about the conditions and limitations of the assessment.
Information is presented under the following headings. Click to expand each heading for more information about the material contained in that section.
1. Administrative information
This section provides information about the product(s), the assessment holder, and the assessment status.
2. Code compliance summary
This section provides the user with a summary of the Canadian codes and regulations for which the product has been assessed. The assessment is based on the conformity assessment provided below. A detailed presentation of the code provisions considered by the CCMC is also provided.
3. Conformity assessment
This section provides the user with information about the technical criteria used to establish the code compliance of the product. This section is important for authorities whose jurisdiction may have special requirements, or adheres to local bylaws or amendments which may not be part of the CCMC assessment.
4. Technical information
This section, when applicable, provides detailed technical information, including test and engineering data, for use by authorities and designers when using the product within the limitations of the assessment.
5. Code compliance detail
This section provides the user with region-specific code or regulatory references considered by the CCMC when establishing code compliance.
All published assessments are provided in both official languages to serve the needs of users across Canada.
In the case of any discrepancy between the English and French versions of this document, the English version will prevail.
The information and opinions in this registry are directed to those who have the appropriate degree of experience to use and apply its contents (for example, authorities having jurisdiction, design professionals and specifiers).
Fire Performance of Innovative Structural Products in Houses
This Registry contains opinions on the suitability-for-use of products intended as structural elements in houses. Although historically there has been no need to regulate the structural fire performance of houses, an inherent intent of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) is that occupants have sufficient time to escape from a building in the event of a fire.
There are many factors that may determine whether that intent is achieved. The fire endurance of structural elements may be one. However, its importance may be minimized by other factors such as combustible content load, early warning devices, smoke movement and toxicity, and fire department response time; all contributing to the overall system performance. Research is now underway within the NRC Construction Research Centre to determine the critical factors that affect occupant escape from houses.
Some innovative structural products have been used in the marketplace for several years and have gained the confidence of design professionals, code authorities and users with respect to their performance under typical fire scenarios in today's house system. Some newer products have not been in service long enough to have gained that confidence and may present a more obvious concern.
Unless otherwise stated, innovative structural products for houses have not been evaluated in the context of the NBC intent noted above. As is the case for all innovative products, designers and authorities need to exercise judgment in considering the use of innovative structural products for houses.
Conditions and limitations of use
Assessments are only valid when the product is installed in strict compliance with the stated conditions and limitations, and the applicable building code, under the authority of a validly issued building permit (when required). In circumstances where no applicable building permit is issued, no confirmation of compliance "for use in the intended field application" is undertaken, and the product assessment is null and void.
The NRC has assessed the material, product, system or service described herein only for those characteristics stated herein. This registry is provided without representation, warranty, or guarantee of any kind, expressed, or implied, and the NRC provides no endorsement for any assessed material, product, system or service described herein. The NRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever arising in any way from any and all use and reliance on the information contained in this certification with respect to its compliance to the referenced code(s) and/or standard(s). The NRC is not undertaking to render professional or other services on behalf of any person, or entity, nor to perform any duty owed by any person or entity to another person or entity. Neither CCMC nor NRC employees or agents shall be held responsible for any breach of patent or other right of a third party when issuing an Assessment or in carrying out the normal functions implicit in its activities, and the proponent shall indemnify the NRC and/or any of its employees or agents for all legal costs in this respect.
All CCMC publications, including all contents of the CCMC Registry of Code Compliance Assessments, are the intellectual property of the NRC and may not be reproduced, except in full, without the prior written consent of the NRC.
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