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[CCMC 14080-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 products, when used as a self-adhering modified bituminous membrane for dampproofing 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
09-13-02-01-01-0-009.13.2.1.(1) Except as provided in Article 9.13.3.1., ...Acceptable
09-13-02-02-00-0-009.13.2.2. Dampproofing MaterialsAlternative
09-13-02-03-00-0-009.13.2.3. Preparation of SurfaceAlternative
09-13-02-04-00-0-009.13.2.4. Application of Dampproofing MaterialAlternative

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 names

  • COLPHENE ICF
  • ICF FOUNDATION MEMBRANE
  • Weather Shield Self-Adhering Dampproofing Membrane

Product description

The product is a self-adhered modified bituminous membrane intended to be used for dampproofing 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 (adhering side) to facilitate installation. The membrane has vertical overlap markings to help installers achieve the minimum 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 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.

Manufacturing plant

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

Product namesManufacturing plant
Drummondville, QC, CA
COLPHENE ICFProduct evaluated by the CCMC
ICF FOUNDATION MEMBRANEProduct evaluated by the CCMC
Weather Shield Self-Adhering Dampproofing MembraneProduct 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, Housing and Small Buildings, of Division B of the NBC 2015. The ICF foundation walls must meet the structural requirements of the NBC 2015.
  • 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 in accordance with 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 for installation over ICFs that comply with the applicable requirements of the NBC 2015, or that are evaluated by the CCMC.
    • The ICFs must be made of Type 2 (or greater) moulded expanded polystyrene (EPS) boards that comply with CAN/ULC-S701-11, “Thermal Insulation, Polystyrene, Boards and Pipe Covering,” and have 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 in accordance with 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 membrane 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 ICFs must have a smooth surface to prevent air pockets from forming between the ICF and the membrane.
    • The ICF surface must be cleaned and dried prior to the installation of the membrane in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions. ICF walls must meet the surface preparation requirements of Article 9.13.2.3., Preparation of Surface, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
    • The ICFs should not be exposed to UV radiation for more than 3 weeks.
  • During the membrane installation, the following conditions and limitations must be followed:
    • The summer grade membrane (S/E) minimum installation temperature is 10°C. The winter grade membrane (W/H) minimum installation temperature is –10°C.
    • The membrane must cover the foundation wall from the top of the footing to the final grade.
    • Lap joint and end lap joints must be sealed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 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. Since the use of a primer is not required for the dampproofing application as opposed to the waterproofing application (see CCMC 13630‑R), the top edges of the membrane must be mechanically fixed to the concrete wall using a system recommended by the manufacturer for supporting the membrane weight. Should a primer be used, users must follow the conditions and limitations shown in CCMC 13630-R.
    • The membrane must be protected if its temperature is higher than 40°C.
  • 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 other equivalent boards). 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 the 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 product’s performance, the manufacturer must be consulted to determine suitability.
  • The product must be applied by qualified installers who will follow the CCMC conditions and limitations on the product and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • The product must be identified with the phrase “CCMC 14080-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-071326.03-15CCMC Technical Guide for Self-Adhered Sheet-Applied Bituminous Membrane for Dampproofing ICF Foundation Walls

The proposed product has already been qualified for use as a waterproofing membrane under CCMC 13630-R. The evaluation holder had previously submitted technical documentation for CCMC 13630-R and the related technical evidence for demonstrating waterproofing performance is summarized below.

Testing was conducted at laboratories recognized by the CCMC.

Since Colphene® ICF, ICF Foundation Membrane, Weather Shield Self-Adhering Dampproofing Membrane is the same product as the one evaluated under CCMC 13630-R, it is deemed to possess the required material properties to perform as a dampproofing material.

Material requirements

 
Table 1.  Material properties of the membrane
Property Unit Requirement Result: summer grade Result: winter grade
Thickness variation mm Maximum 1.1 mm / minimum 0.9 mm
(±10% of the manufacturer’s declared value)Table footnote (1)
0.93 0.92
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 kN/mTable footnote (2) Report value 13.67 12.69

Performance requirements

Table 2. Watertightness performance of the membrane
PropertyTable footnote (1) Table footnote (2) Requirement Result: summer grade Result: winter grade
Watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Water immersion / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Heat aging / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Chemical aging (NaoH) / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Chemical aging (acetic acid) / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
UV aging / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Low temperature flexibility at –20°C / watertightness No leakage Passed Passed
Table 3. Crack bridging resistance of the membrane
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 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 Passed Passed
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 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 Passed
10 cycles at 30°C
Chemical aging (acetic acid) / 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 Passed
10 cycles at 30°C
UV aging / 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 Passed
10 cycles at 30°C
Table 4. Peel adhesion performance of the membrane over ICF
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 ≥ 193 332 216
Peel adhesion at lowest interface temperatureTable footnote (4): 5°C for the winter grade N/m ≥ 193 n/a 770
Peel adhesion at lowest interface temperatureTable footnote (4): 10°C for the summer grade N/m ≥ 193 771 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 ≥ 174
(90% of 193)
617 588
UV exposure on specimen / peel adhesion with interface at 40°CTable footnote (4) Table footnote (7) N/m ≥ 174
(90% of 193)
467 434
Table 5. Peel adhesion performance of the membrane over concrete
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 ≥ 158
(90% of 175)
367 452
UV aging / peel adhesion at 23°C N/m ≥ 158
(90% of 175)
1 292 749
Table 6. Tensile strength performance of the membrane
PropertyTable footnote (1) UnitTable footnote (2) Requirement ResultTable footnote (3): summer grade ResultTable footnote (3): winter grade
Heat aging / tensile strength kN/m Summer grade ≥ 11.16
Winter grade ≥ 11.42
(90% of original value)Table footnote (4)
13.74 13.57
Chemical aging (NaOH) / tensile strength kN/m Summer grade ≥ 11.16
Winter grade ≥ 11.42
(90% of original value)Table footnote (4)
12.97 14.02
Chemical aging (acetic acid) / tensile strength kN/m Summer grade ≥ 11.16
Winter grade ≥ 11.42
(90% of original value)Table footnote (4)
12.83 13.65
UV aging / tensile strength kN/m Summer grade ≥ 11.16
Winter grade ≥ 11.42
(90% of original value)Table footnote (4)
11.57 12.45
Table 7. Performance properties of the lap joint
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)Table footnote (3) 676 401
Heat aging / peel adhesion at 23°C N/m ≥ 174 (90% of 193)Table footnote (3) 546 384
UV aging / peel adhesion at 23°C N/m ≥ 174 (90% of 193)Table footnote (3) 532 575
UV aging / peel adhesion with lap joint interface at 40°C N/m ≥ 174 (90% of 193)Table footnote (3) 333 254
Lap joint shear at 23°C kN/m Summer grade ≥ 6.2
Winter grade ≥ 6.3
(50% of original tensile strength of the membrane)Table footnote (5)
10.67 9.88
Heat aging / lap joint shear at 23°C kN/m Summer grade ≥ 6.2
Winter grade ≥ 6.3
(50% of original tensile strength of the membrane)Table footnote (5)
8.27 8.19
Lap joint shear at 10°C kN/m Summer grade ≥ 6.2
Winter grade ≥ 6.3
(50% of original tensile strength of the membrane)Table footnote (5)
8.76 n/a
Lap shear at –10°C kN/m Summer grade ≥ 6.2
Winter grade ≥ 6.3
(50% of original tensile strength of the membrane)Table footnote (5)
n/a 8.76
Peel adhesion at 10°C N/m 193 3 227 n/a
Peel adhesion at –10°C N/m 193 n/a 3 555

Administrative information

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