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[CCMC 13302-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 masonry veneer cladding for buildings under the scope of Part 9 in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

ID Code provision Solution type
09-20-02-07-00-0- Compressive StrengthAlternative
09-20-06-04-00-0- Masonry VeneerAlternative
09-20-09-05-00-0- Ties for Masonry VeneerAcceptable
09-20-12-03-00-0- Corbelling for Masonry VeneerAcceptable
09-20-13-06-00-0- Flashing for Weep Holes in Masonry VeneerAcceptable

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


Product description

The product is a concrete brick or stone facing veneer wall cladding system that is made using premoulded polystyrene panels and thin masonry units, which are manufactured from a mixture of Portland cement, water and suitable aggregates, with or without the inclusion of other materials. During the installation each thin masonry unit is friction-fitted into a moulded cell of the polystyrene panel. The polystyrene panels are moulded into a pattern that predetermines the location and size of the brick or stone. The polystyrene panels are fastened to the wall studs using special anchors.

The bricks or stones are 45 mm thick and after installation their joints are filled with mortar. The anchors projecting between the masonry units ensure a secure mechanical resistance of the facing veneer. These projections are completely embedded in the joints of the mortar, so the anchors bind the cladding to the studs of the wall that they cover.

An image of the Suretouch.

Figure 1. Suretouch

A cross-section drawing of the "Suretouch" wall cladding system.

Figure 2. Suretouch wall cladding system cross-section

A drawing of the windowsill cross-section detail

Figure 3. Suretouch windowsill cross-section and lintel cross-section

SureTouch support with brick ledge and SureTouch support using a steel starter strip.

Figure 4. SureTouch support with brick ledge and SureTouch support using a steel starter strip

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Ville d’Anjou, QC, CA
SuretouchProduct 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 product may be used as cladding for wood-frame housing conforming to Part 9 of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • The product may be used on one- and two-storey wood-frame housing using Table, Size and Spacing of Studs, of Division B of the NBC 2015 for stud size and spacing. Studs must be spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) grade No. 2 or better.
  • Connectors used with the product must have a corrosion protection coating or be made of stainless steel.
  • The steel flashing and counterflashing units holding the windowsill must comply with Section 3.1 of CSA S136-07, “North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members,” and have a minimum protection coating of 275 g/m2 (G90) or better.
  • The wall sheathing membrane must conform to Article, Sheathing Membrane Material Standard, of Division B of the NBC 2015 and must be installed on the wall sheathing prior to installing the polystyrene panels.
  • An elastomeric membrane or metallic flashing must be used for flashing above window and door openings in accordance with Article
  • The wall sheathing membrane must overlap the elastomeric membrane by at least 100 mm.
  • Maximum wind load must be limited to ≤ 1 kPa.
  • No earthquake resistance study has been provided at this time.
  • For seismic areas, a professional engineer must be consulted for compliance with Part 4, Structural Design, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • This product must be identified with the phrase “CCMC 13302-R.”
  • Installation must follow the manufacturer’s current instructions. Detailed instructions for the installation of the masonry veneer must be in accordance with the installation manual dated May 2013.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-074450-15CCMC Technical Guide for Thin Stone/Brick Exterior Finish System

The evaluation holder has submitted technical documentation for the CCMC evaluation. Testing was conducted at laboratories recognized by CCMC. The corresponding technical evidence for this product is summarized below.

General requirements

Masonry brick properties

Table 1. Results of testing the masonry brick properties
Property Unit Requirement Result
Dimensions overall, variations mm If dimensions are different than those specified in CSA A165-94, report all dimensions of the stone/brick unit. Check standard for permissible variations. Report results
Compressive strengthTable footnote (1) MPa ≥ 25 Pass
Maximum saturation coefficient Average 0.78 Pass
Maximum saturation coefficient Individual 0.80 Pass
Oven dry mass density kg/m3 Over 2 000 Pass
Water absorption (per unit weight) % Maximum 8 Pass
Linear shrinkage % ≤ 0.45 Pass
Moisture content % ≤ 45% of total absorption Pass


Wall component properties

Table 2. Results of testing the wall component properties
Property Requirement Result
Polystyrene Certified to ULC S701 Pass
Mortar and groutTable footnote (1) Complies with CSA A179-94 Pass
TiesTable footnote (2) Complies with Article Pass
Performance requirements

Wall cladding structural stability

Table 3. Result of testing the structural stability of the wall cladding
Property Requirement Result
Structural stabilityTable footnote (1) Wall to show no damage Pass


Wall resistance to water penetration

Table 4. Result of testing the wall resistance properties
Property Requirement Result
Water penetration and drainage No water penetration Pass

Wall cladding resistance to wind loading

Table 5. Result of testing the wall cladding resistance to wind loading
Property Unit Requirement Result
Exterior cladding kPa Table C-2, Hourly Wind Pressure, of Appendix C of Division B of the NBC 2015 (wind load effects) 2.1 kPa

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.


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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