[CCMC 13309-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

From: National Research Council Canada

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Compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as a concrete pier 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
09-15-03-00-00-0-009.15.3. FootingsAlternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 22-02-371 (13309-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 2022-10-05 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

The Footing Tube

Product description

The product is a concrete pier form that is made of plastic and manufactured from recycled, linear low-density polyethylene with an ultravio- let stabilizer. The tube is tapered to provide stackability during shipping and storage, and has a resistance to frost penetration and water. The concrete pier form is available in three sizes: 152 mm (6 in.), 203 mm (8 in.) and 254 mm to 305 mm (10 in. to 12 in.). A base pier measuring 546 mm (21 in.) (FTB30) is also available, which can be used under the 203-mm (8 in.) or 254-mm to 305-mm (10 in. to 12 in.) tube to accommodate additional loadbearing areas.

The product is identified with height scribe lines to indicate the level of concrete required to fill the tube and determine backfill height. The tube can also be cut to the desired height using the scribe lines as a guide.

The safety top on the tube keeps out water, dirt from backfilling, and other debris that can be present on-site during construction.

Side elevation detail drawing of 'The Footing Tube' with labels coordinating to the dimensions listed in the table below.

Figure 1. The Footing Tube details

Side elevation detail drawing of the FTB30 base pier with labels coordinating to the dimensions listed in the table below.

Figure 2. FTB30 base pier details

The table below provides specific dimensions for the 152-mm, 203-mm and 254-mm to 305-mm tubes and the 546-mm FTB30 base pier. The FT-B30 base pier is not mechanically connected to the tubes, which makes it easier to adjust before leveling.

Table 1. Dimensions of The Footing Tube and the FTB30 base pier
Tube/footing diameter (d1) Dimensions (mm)
d0 d1 d2 d3 d4 d5 h0 h1
152 mm (6 in.) 355 152 152 297 304 297 1 372 152
203 mm (8 in.) 609 203 203 356 558 499 1 591  216
254 mm to 305 mm (10 in. to 12.) 609 254 305 477 559 521 1 626 304
546 mm (21 in.) (FTB30) 856 546 762 n/aTable footnote (1) n/a n/a 229 n/a


Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Sheila, NB, CA
The Footing TubeProduct 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.

Table 2. Test results for allowable bearing pressures and loads
Soil description Allowable bearing pressure (kPa)Table footnote (1)Table footnote (2) Allowable loads
152-mm (6-in.) Footing TubeTable footnote (3) 0.078 m2 base area 203-mm (8-in.) Footing TubeTable footnote (4) 0.239 m2 base area 254-mm to 305-mm (10-in. to 12-in.) Footing TubeTable footnote (5) 0.239 m2 base area FTB30 0.455 m2 base area
Dense or compact sand or gravel 150 11.8 kN/tube 35.9 kN/tube 35.9 kN/tube 68.2 kN/tube
Loose sand or gravel 50 3.9 kN/tube 11.9 kN/tube 11.9 kN/tube 22.7 kN/tube
Dense or compact silt 100 7.8 kN/tube 23.9 kN/tube 23.9 kN/tube 45.5 kN/tube
Stiff clay 150 11.8 kN/tube 35.9 kN/tube 35.9 kN/tube 68.2 kN/tube
Firm clay 75 5.9 kN/tube

17.9 kN/tube

17.9 kN/tube 34.1 kN/tube
Soft clay 40  3.1 kN/tube 9.5 kN/tube 9.5 kN/tube 18.1 kN/tube
Till 200 15.7 kN/tube 47.9 kN/tube 47.9 kN/tube 91.0 kN/tube
Clay shale 300 23.6 kN/tube 71.8 kN/tube 71.8 kN/tube 136.5 kN/tube
Sound bedrock 500 39.4 kN/tube 119.8 kN/tube 119.8 kN/tube 227.5 kN/tube


  • The product may be used as a casting product for concrete piers for applications such as decks, porches, fence posts, one-storey cottages and additions, lampposts, pole barns and point load beams.
  • In cases where the product is used in seismic zones as defined in Sentence, Foundation Provisions, of Division B of the NBC 2015, unreinforced products (tubes) will not be adequate. Proper seismic designs must be carried out by a registered professional engineer in accordance with the applicable codes, including the NBC 2015.
  • The allowable bearing pressures and loads for the product are specified in the table above. For applications beyond the scope of this Table, consult a registered professional engineer in accordance with the applicable codes, including the NBC 2015.
  • The concrete shall be designed, mixed, placed, cured and tested in accordance with CAN/CSA-A438-00, “Concrete Construction for Housing and Small Buildings,” and shall comply with Subsection 9.3.1., Concrete, of Division B of the NBC 2015. The excavation hole must be backfilled according to the suggested depths before pouring the concrete.
  • The product must be installed according to the manufacturer’s installation manual, dated February 2008.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-031113.04-15CCMC Technical Guide for Footing Tube

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


Performance Requirements

Table 3. Test results for stability
Tube Requirement ResultTable footnote (1)
152 mm (6 in.) Within 10 mm horizontally of original position Pass
203 mm (8 in.) Within 10 mm horizontally of original position Pass
254 mm to 305 mm (10 in. to 12 in.) Within 10 mm horizontally of original position Pass
546 mm (21 in.) (FTB30) Within 10 mm horizontally of original position Pass

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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