[CCMC 13630-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation
From: National Research Council Canada
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It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated products, when used as a self-adhering modified bituminous membrane intended to be used for waterproofing below-grade insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation walls in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, comply with the following code:
National Building Code of Canada 2015
|ID||Code provision||Solution type|
|09-13-03-01-00-0-00||22.214.171.124.(1) Where hydrostatic pressure occurs, water ...||Acceptable|
|09-13-03-02-00-0-00||126.96.36.199. Waterproofing Materials||Alternative|
|09-13-03-03-00-0-00||188.8.131.52. Preparation of Surface||Alternative|
|09-13-03-04-00-0-00||184.108.40.206. Application of Waterproofing Membranes||Alternative|
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.
- Colphene® ICF
- ICF Foundation Membrane
- Weather Shield Self-Adhering Waterproofing Membrane
The product is a self-adhering modified bituminous membrane intended to be used for waterproofing below-grade ICF foundation walls. The membrane consists of a styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) modified bitumen to which a tri-laminated woven polyethylene film is laminated. A silicone release film is applied on the other side of the membrane to facilitate installation. The membrane has vertical overlap markings to help installers achieve the required overlap at the seams. The membrane is available in two grades, which are made of different modified bituminous blends: the regular grade for the summer (S/E) and the cold-weather grade for the winter (W/H).
The membrane is installed after applying the manufacturer’s recommended primer over the foundation wall (ICF substrate).
The summer and winter grade membranes are manufactured in rolls that measure 22.9 m long × 0.91 m wide. The membrane is 1.0 mm thick for both grades.
This evaluation is valid only for products produced at the following plant:
|Product names||Manufacturing plant|
|Drummondville, QC, CA|
|Colphene® ICF||Product evaluated by the CCMC|
|ICF Foundation Membrane||Product evaluated by the CCMC|
|Weather Shield Self-Adhering Waterproofing Membrane||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.
- Use of the product has been evaluated for applications falling under the scope of Part 9 of Division B of the NBC 2015. The ICF foundation walls must meet the structural requirements of the NBC 2015.
- While the waterproofing continuity of the membrane to other parts of the wall (slabs, footing, etc.) is beyond the scope of this Report, the installer must follow engineer-approved solutions to provide the waterproofing continuity (i.e., an overall waterproofing system that will perform under the building site conditions).
- The maximum hydrostatic pressure that the membrane and seams can sustain is 60 kPa.
- The membrane rolls must be stored vertically on-site at less than the maximum temperature recommended by the manufacturer and must be protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Prior to the application of the membrane, the following conditions and limitations related to the ICF must be followed:
- The product evaluation is limited to installation over ICFs that comply with the applicable requirements of the NBC 2015 or that are evaluated by the CCMC.
- The ICF must be made of Type 2 (or greater) moulded expanded polystyrene (EPS) boards having a completely flat surface, or a flat surface including channels not wider than 4.8 mm and not deeper than 1 mm covering a maximum of 10% of the surface area.
- The ICFs used to build the foundation wall corners must be of one piece (a prefabricated corner) in order to avoid vertical joints along the foundation wall corners. If prefabricated corners cannot be used, the vertical joints must be finished as per the manufacturer’s recommendations with material compatible with the ICF and the membrane.
- The vertical and horizontal joints between the ICFs must not be larger than 3 mm. The connectors embedded in the ICFs must not be visible on the exterior surface of the EPS.
- The poured-in-place concrete must reach its 7-day strength prior to application of the membrane.
- The manufacturer must recommend appropriate material that is compatible with the membrane and the ICF to fill surface irregularities and cracks in the ICFs, gaps between the ICFs, and gaps between the ICFs and the footing.
- The ICF must have a smooth surface to prevent air pockets from forming between the ICF and the membrane.
- The ICF surface must be cleaned, dried and primed with ELASTOCOL™ Stick H2O prior to the installation of the membrane as per the manufacturer’s installation instructions. ICF walls must meet the surface preparation requirements of Article 220.127.116.11., Preparation of Surface, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
- If the surface of the ICF is damaged (e.g., discoloured or chalked) by UV radiation, it must be rasped and cleaned in order to bring it back to its original condition.
- The ICFs should not be exposed to UV radiation for more than three weeks.
- During membrane installation, the following conditions and limitations must be followed:
- The minimum outdoor air temperature during installation of the membrane is 5°C for the winter grade and 10°C for the summer grade. When the membrane is subjected to cold temperatures, the outdoor air temperature is similar to the membrane surface temperature (which is equivalent to the temperature at the interface between the membrane and ICF). For installation of the membrane in temperatures colder than 5°C for the winter grade and 10°C for the summer grade, proper and good techniques such as protection of materials, enclosing work areas, etc., must be followed to ensure the evaluated performances.
- When the membrane is subjected to hot temperatures, the membrane interface temperature does not necessarily correspond to the outdoor air temperature—especially where the sun hits the membrane. On construction sites during hot summer days, the interface temperature can reach 70°C while the outdoor air temperature is only around 35°C. For proper adhesion of the membrane during summer conditions, measures must be taken on-site to ensure that the surface temperature (which is equivalent to the interface temperature) of both grades of the membrane is maintained below 40°C. The approximate temperature of the membrane surface can be determined using an infrared thermometer held at about 600 mm from the wall. Temperature measurements must be taken on all sides of the building since wind and sun exposure will vary and, thus, influence the temperature. Where the membrane is exposed to the sun, the operator of the thermometer should cast a shadow in front of the membrane and quickly take a measurement in the shaded area at about 600 mm from the wall. The membrane must be protected if the temperature is higher than 40°C.
- A minimum 5-kg force must be applied with a roller over the entire membrane surface including the seams to ensure full contact and adhesion of the membrane with the ICFs. A minimum of two passes must be performed.
- The minimum width of the membrane overlap at the joint must be 75 mm.
- The membrane installation must stop at grade level. The exposed above-grade portion of the membrane after soil settling must be protected from UV radiation and mechanical impact with additional backfill that would be graded away from the foundation.
- The thickness of the membrane installed on site must be equivalent to the thickness of the evaluated product which is 1.0 mm.
- The top edges (terminations) of the membrane must be sealed with a bead of mastic or an equivalent performing solution in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The peel adhesion performance of the membrane was assessed only over two substrates: ICF and concrete. See Tables Peel adhesion performance of the membrane over ICF and Peel adhesion performance of the membrane over concrete of this Report.
- Following its application, the entire membrane must be protected from exposure to UV radiation within three weeks of its application and in accordance with the manufacturer’s additional recommendations.
- Prior to backfilling, the following conditions and limitations must be followed:
- The membrane must first be inspected for any defects (holes, tears, etc.), which must be repaired in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The membrane must be covered with a protection board which may consist of a semi-rigid or rigid board with a smooth surface facing the membrane (e.g., mineral fibre boards, EPS/XPS boards or equivalent). The protection boards must not be installed using fasteners in order to avoid penetrations through the membrane. See the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the use of adhesive and tape to secure the protection boards. Clean sand backfill can be used as an alternative solution to protection boards.
- The foundation wall must be backfilled in accordance with the requirements of Subsection 9.12.3., Backfill, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
- When used in soils containing high levels of organic matter, chemicals and microbiological activity that will affect the products’ performance, the manufacturer must be consulted to determine suitability.
- The products must be applied by qualified installers who will follow the CCMC conditions and limitations on the products and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- The products must be identified with the phrase “CCMC 13630-R.”
This evaluation is based on demonstrated conformance with the following criteria:
|Criteria number||Criteria name|
|CCMC-TG-071326.02-15||CCMC Technical Guide for Self-Adhered Sheet-Applied Bituminous Membrane for Waterproofing ICF Foundation Walls|
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.
|Result: winter grade|
Maximum 1.1 mm
Minimum 0.9 mm (±10% of the manufacturer’s declared value)Table footnote (1)
|Hardness (Type 00 hardness gauge)||n/a||Report value||89.8||95.4|
|Water vapour permeance, Procedure B||ng/(Pa·s·m2)||Report value||1.45||1.65|
|Tensile strength at break: machine direction||kN/mTable footnote (2)||Report value||12.40||12.85|
|Tensile strength at break: cross-machine direction||13.67||12.69|
|PropertyTable footnote (1), Table footnote (2)||Requirement||Result: summer grade||Result: winter grade|
|Water immersion/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|Heat aging/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|Chemical aging (NaOH)/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|Chemical aging (acetic acid)/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|UV aging/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|Low-temperature flexibility at -20°C/watertightness||No leakage||Passed|
|PropertyTable footnote (1)||Requirement||ResultTable footnote (2): summer grade||ResultTable footnote (2): winter grade|
|Crack bridging||30 cycles at -20°C||No visible cracking, blistering, peeling or other defects visible to the naked eye when lit with a 60-watt incandescent light at a 300-mm distance||Passed|
|30 cycles at 30°C|
|Water immersion/crack bridging||30 cycles at -20°C||No visible cracking, blistering, peeling or other defects visible to the naked eye when lit with a 60-watt incandescent light at a 300-mm distance
|30 cycles at 30°C|
|Heat aging/crack bridging||30 cycles at -20°C||No visible cracking, blistering, peeling or other defects visible to the naked eye when lit with a 60-watt incandescent light at a 300-mm distance||Passed|
|30 cycles at 30°C|
|Chemical aging (NaOH)/crack bridging||10 cycles at -20°C||No visible cracking, blistering, peeling or other defects visible to the naked eye when lit with a 60-watt incandescent light at a 300-mm distance||Passed|
|10 cycles at 30°C|
|Chemical aging (acetic acid)/crack bridging||10 cycles at -20°C||Passed|
|10 cycles at 30°C|
|UV aging/crack bridging||10 cycles at -20°C||Passed|
|10 cycles at 30°C|
|PropertyTable footnote (1)||UnitTable footnote (2)||Requirement||ResultTable footnote (3): Summer grade||ResultTable footnote (3): winter grade|
|Peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||≥ 193||1 028||632|
|Peel adhesion at maximum interface temperatureTable footnote (4), Table footnote (5) : 40°C||N/m||332||216|
|Peel adhesion at lowest interface temperatureTable footnote (4) : 5°C for the winter grade||N/m||n/a||770|
|Peel adhesion at lowest interface temperatureTable footnote (4) : 10°C for the summer grade||N/m||771||n/a|
|UV exposure on ICF substrate/rasping and cleaning of the ICF/peel adhesion with interface at 40°CTable footnote (4), Table footnote (6)||N/m||≥ 174 (90% of 193)||361||242|
|Heat aging on specimen/peel adhesion at 23°CTable footnote (7)||N/m||617||588|
|UV exposure on specimen/peel adhesion with interface at 40°CTable footnote (4), Table footnote (7)||N/m||467||434|
|PropertyTable footnote (1)||UnitTable footnote (2)||Requirement||Result: summer grade||Result: winter grade|
|Peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||≥ 175||673||750|
|Water immersion/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||≥ 158 (90% of 175)||1 575||247|
|Heat aging/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||367||452|
|UV aging/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||1 292||749|
|PropertyTable footnote (1)||UnitTable footnote (2)||RequirementTable footnote (3)||ResultTable footnote (4): summer grade||ResultTable footnote (4): winter grade|
|Heat aging/tensile strength||kN/m||
Summer grade ≥ 11.16
Winter grade ≥ 11.42 (90% of original value)
|Chemical aging (NaOH)/tensile strength||kN/m||12.97||14.02|
|Chemical aging (acetic acid)/tensile strength||kN/m||12.83||13.65|
|UV aging/tensile strength||kN/m||11.57||12.45|
|PropertyTable footnote (1), Table footnote (2)||UnitTable footnote (3)||Requirement||Result: summer grade||Result: winter grade|
|Water immersion/watertightness||n/a||No leakage||PassedTable footnote (4)||PassedTable footnote (4)|
|Heat aging/watertightness||n/a||No leakage||PassedTable footnote (4)||PassedTable footnote (4)|
|Water immersion/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||≥ 174 (90% of 193)||676||401|
|Heat aging/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||546||384|
|UV aging/peel adhesion at 23°C||N/m||532||575|
|UV aging/peel adhesion with lap joint interface at 40°C||N/m||333||254|
|Lap joint shear test at 23°C||kN/m||
Summer grade ≥ 6.2
Winter grade ≥ 6.3 (50% of original tensile strength of the membrane)Table footnote (5)
|Heat aging/lap joint shear test at 23°C||kN/m||8.27||8.19|
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