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[CCMC 12344-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

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Compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as a system to install thermal insulation in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following codes:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

ID Code provision Solution type
09-25-02-02-00-0-009.25.2.2. Insulation MaterialsAcceptable
09-25-02-04-00-0-009.25.2.4. Installation of Loose-Fill InsulationAcceptable

National Building Code of Canada 2020

ID Code provision Solution type
92502020000009.25.2.2. Insulation MaterialsAcceptable
92502040000009.25.2.4. Installation of Loose-Fill InsulationAcceptable

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 94-04-04 (12344-R) authorizing the use of this product in Ontario, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Ruling, was made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on 1994-09-28 (revised 2014-10-27) pursuant to s.29 of the Building Code Act, 1992 (see Ruling for terms and conditions). This Ruling is subject to periodic revisions and updates.


The above opinion(s) is/are based on the evaluation by the CCMC of technical evidence provided by the evaluation holder, and is bound by the stated conditions and limitations. For the benefit of the user, a summary of the technical information that forms the basis of this evaluation has been included.

Product information

Product name

WallBAR

Product description

The product consists of cellulose fibre insulation that is manufactured in accordance with CAN/ULC-S703-09, “Standard for Cellulose Fibre Insulation (CFI) for Buildings,” and that incorporates approximately 0.5% by weight of powdered adhesive, which is added during the manufacturing process.

 

This product is evaluated for use in typical wood-frame constructions using either 38 mm × 89 mm or 38 mm × 140 mm studs at 400 mm or 600 mm on centre (o.c.). The wall is provided with a polyethylene vapour barrier on the inside and permeable or semi-permeable sheathing material such as waferboard, fibreboard, glass-fibre thermal insulating sheathing or plywood on the outside.

The insulation is injected into the stud cavities by one of two methods:

  1. Through a polypropylene/polyester woven fabric netting (WallNET®) that is stapled to the face of the studs and plates, which would hold the cellulose insulation in its place (see Figure 1). The vapour barrier is installed afterward in this method.
  2. Through the polyethylene vapour barrier, where vertical splines, horizontal strapping or a combination of both is applied to the vapour barrier prior to installing the cellulose insulation (see Figure 2).

The insulation is applied in a dry state at a density of 45 kg/m3 or in a damp state with a moisture content of 15 ± 4% of dry weight at a density of 48 kg/m3 (with a range of ± 10%). To apply moisture, the dry insulation is misted with water during the installation process to cause the fibre to meld at interstitial points, forming a cohesive mat.

The installation for sloped and cathedral ceilings is the same as for walls (see Figure 3), except that there is a ventilation system. The insulation is always dry-blown into cavities, and for areas that are longer than 3 m the insulation must be blown in by stages.

 

detail drawing of “WallBAR” being injected through netting.
Figure 1. “WallBAR” with netting
  1. Polypropylene/polyester woven fabric netting
  2. Staples
  3. Injection hose
  4. Cellulose insulation

 
detail drawing of “WallBAR” being injected through a 0.15mm polyethylene vapour barrier.
Figure 2. “WallBAR” through vapour barrier
  1. Splines (if applicable)
  2. 25 mm × 50 mm strapping (if applicable)
  3. Staples
  4. Injection hose
  5. Cellulose insulation
  6. 0.15 mm polyethylene vapour barrier

 
detail drawing of “WallBAR” being used for sloped and cathedral ceilings.
Figure 3. “WallBAR” for sloped and cathedral ceilings
  1. Continuous ventilated air space
  2. Roof sheathing
  3. Corrugated cardboard or expanded polystyrene air flow vents
  4. 25 mm × 76 mm furring at 400 mm spacing
  5. Netting or vapour barrier retaining membrane
  6. WallNET® (stapled to strapping)
  7. Insulated cavity
  8. Roof rafter or truss
  9. Continuous ventilated air space
  10. Minimum 19 mm × 38 mm strapping

Site-manufactured product

This is a site-manufactured product; it is finished on site following the pouring or pneumatic installation of raw materials produced at the manufacturing plant(s) below.

Manufacturing plant

This evaluation is valid only for products produced at the following plant:

Product nameManufacturing plant
Edmonton, AB, CA
WallBARProduct evaluated by the CCMC

Product evaluated by the CCMC Indicates that the product from this manufacturing facility has been evaluated by the CCMC

  Conditions and limitations

The CCMC’s compliance opinion is bound by this product being used in accordance with the conditions and limitations set out below.

  • The installation of the product must be done by an installer who is certified by CCI Manufacturing Inc. and is performed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation manual, “WallBAR Insulation System,” December 2016. Installers must carry a certificate bearing their signature. The manufacturer-certified installer is responsible for ensuring that the installation work is carried out in a workmanlike manner and in accordance with recommendations provided by CCI Manufacturing Inc.
  • The product can be applied using any commercially available blowing equipment. The application density can vary depending on the type of blowing apparatus used. The installer should be consulted for the correct application density.
  • The vapour barrier must be resealed with a patch according to the manufacturer’s installation manual.
  • The insulation must be kept away from heat-emitting devices, such as recessed light fixtures, by 75 mm; chimneys and propane or natural gas sources by 50 mm; or the distance required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
  • The installer must ensure that the moisture content of the lumber is not greater than 19% after the installation in accordance with Article 9.3.2.5., Moisture Content, of Division B of the NBC 2015. The moisture content of the wood frame must be verified and recorded by the installer with a moisture meter after installing the insulation.
  • The system can only be used in cathedral ceilings that incorporate a ventilation system constructed in accordance with Subsection 9.19.1., Venting, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • Air flow vents for sloped ceilings can be manufactured with 175 B or C unwaxed corrugated cardboard, or expanded polystyrene with a minimum 8 mm thickness at a density of 16 kg/m3, or by stapling WallNET® netting to the face of 25 mm × 50 mm (or better) strapping fastened to the edge of the rafter/truss. Venting should be fastened to roof rafters, truss chords, truss webs, strapping or sheathing using 12 mm staples. The area over the top plate of the exterior wall must be blocked to prevent insulation from spilling into the soffit area.

  Technical information

This evaluation is based on demonstrated conformance with the following criteria:

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072129.03-15ACCMC Technical Guide for Sprayed Mineral/Cellulose Fibre Insulation in Walls with Netting
CCMC-TG-072129.03-20ACCMC Technical Guide for Sprayed Mineral/Cellulose Fibre Insulation in Walls with Netting
Material requirements

Thermal insulation

The thermal insulation used is “Weathershield Cellulose Insulation/Sopra-Cellulose W,” CCMC 09218-L, which is compliant with CAN/ULC-S703-09.

Performance requirements

Moisture content, bulge and density

The results for density and moisture content were determined from material taken from three wall cavities with the same dimensions. The insulation was installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions at densities ranging from 48.5 kg/m3 to 51 kg/m3 for dry applications and from 50 kg/m3 to 52.5 kg/m3 for damp applications. Samples from each cavity were taken, conditioned and then weighed to give the results shown in tables below.

Table 1. Dry application results of testing bulge and density of the product
Property Unit Requirement Result
Bulge mm Max. 13 mm 5
Density kg/m3 ± 10% Pass

 

Table 2.

Damp application results of testing the bulge, density, and moisture content of the product

Property

Unit

Requirement

Result

Bulge

mm

Max. 13 mm

1

Density

kg/m3

± 10%

Pass

Moisture content

%

15

12.6

 

Table 3.

Results of testing the thermal resistance of the product

Property

Density (kg/m3)

Thermal Resistance at 89 mm (m2·K/W)

Thermal Resistance at 140 mm (m2·K/W)

Dry

45

2.33

3.67

Damp

48

2.33

3.67

Administrative information

Use of Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) assessments

This assessment must be read in the context of the entire CCMC Registry of Product Assessments, any applicable building code or by-law requirements, and/or any other regulatory requirements (for example, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, etc.).

It is the responsibility of the user to confirm that the assessment they are using is current and has not been withdrawn or superseded by a later version on the CCMC Registry of Product Assessments.

Disclaimer

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has evaluated only the characteristics of the specific product described herein. The information and opinions in this evaluation are directed to those who have the appropriate degree of experience to use and apply its contents (such as authorities having jurisdiction, design professionals and specifiers). This evaluation is valid when the product is used as part of permitted construction, respecting all conditions and limitations stated in the evaluation, and in accordance with applicable building codes and by-laws.

This evaluation is provided without representation, warranty or guarantee of any kind, expressed or implied, and the NRC provides no endorsement for any evaluated product. The NRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever arising in any way from any and all use of or reliance on the information contained herein or the use of any evaluated product. 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.

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