[CCMC 13488-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 an exterior insulating sheathing with an integral sheathing membrane (weather side) 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- Insulation MaterialsAcceptable
09-27-03-02-00-0- Sheathing Membrane Material StandardAlternative

National Building Code of Canada 2020

ID Code provision Solution type
92502020000009.25.2.2. Insulation MaterialsAcceptable
92703020000009.27.3.2. Sheathing Membrane Material StandardAlternative

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

AiRclad (Sheathing Membrane/Insulation Board)

Product description

The product is a Type 2 preformed, moulded, expanded polystyrene rigid insulation panel (conforming to CAN/ULC-S701). The panels are plant-laminated to a spun-bonded olefin sheathing membrane (Tyvek® HomeWrap™, CCMC 12808-R, made by E.I. DuPont Canada Company) with a hot melt adhesive that is applied every 20 mm in three 2-mm strips and spaced at 5 mm on centre (o.c.). The panels are commonly 2 438 mm × 1 219 mm or 2 743 mm × 1 219 mm, and are available in 12.7 mm to 76.2 mm thicknesses.

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Granby, QC, CA
AiRclad (Sheathing Membrane/Insulation Board)Product 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 must be installed:
    • with the printed side facing outward and must be protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun within 60 days of its application,
    • in accordance with Article, Required Sheathing Membrane and Installation, of Division B of the NBC 2015 and the manufacturer’s current instructions, and
    • with a minimum 10-mm air space between the sheathing membrane and the cladding, unless the cladding has been deemed not to require an air space (e.g., deemed by the CCMC or deemed by building officials based on past cladding performance).
  • CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape must be used to seal all joints.
  • When the product is used in applications where a concealed air space exceeds 25 mm in width, the concealed air space must contain proper fire blocking, in accordance with Subsection 9.10.16., Fire Blocks, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • When sheathing is required, the product must have a minimum thickness of 38 mm as per Table, Wall Sheathing Thickness and Specifications, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • Product thicknesses greater than 50 mm and having a water vapour permeance of less than 60 ng/(Pa·s·m2) must comply with Article, Position of Low Permeance Materials, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • Use of this product as part of an air barrier system is covered under a separate the CCMC evaluation (see CCMC 13490-R).
  • The product must be clearly identified with the phrase “CCMC 13488-R” and the name of the manufacturer or logo.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072510.06-15CCMC Technical Guide for Faced Insulating Sheathing Panel
CCMC-TG-072510.06-20CCMC Technical Guide for Faced Insulating Sheathing Panel

The evaluation 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.

Sheathing membrane (Tyvek® HomeWrap™) with the adhesive

Table 1. Results of testing the adhesive properties of the product
Property Unit Requirement Result
Tensile strength N/mm ≥ 3.5 5.37
Breaking force N ≥ 180 MDTable footnote (1) 307.9 MD
≥ 160 XDTable footnote (1) 417.1 XD
Water vapour permeance ng/Pa·s·m2 ≥ 170 1 770
Water ponding - original No leakage Pass
Tensile strength after UV exposure - percent retention of the original % ≥ 90 91.6%
Tensile strength after UV exposure and heat aging - percent retention of the original % ≥ 85 92%
Water vapour permeance after UV exposure and heat aging ng/(Pa·s·m2) ≥ 170 2 687
Water ponding after UV exposure and heat aging No leakage Pass

AiRclad composite insulation panel

Table 2. Result of testing the water vapour permeance of the insulation panel
Property Unit Requirement Result
Water vapour permeance with NBC-required directionality (57.3-mm-thick specimen)Table footnote (1) ng/(Pa·s·m2) ≥ 60 71

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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