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[CCMC 14131-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 an air barrier system (ABS) in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following codes:

National Building Code of Canada 2010

ID Code provision Solution type
09-25-03-01-00-0-009.25.3.1. Required Barrier to Air LeakageAcceptable
09-25-03-02-00-0-009.25.3.2.(1) Air barrier systems shall possess the ch ...Acceptable
09-25-03-02-00-0-009.25.3.2.(2) Where polyethylene sheet is used to prov ...Alternative
09-25-03-03-00-0-009.25.3.3. Continuity of the Air Barrier SystemAcceptable
09-36-02-09-00-0-009.36.2.9. AirtightnessAcceptable

National Building Code of Canada 2015

ID Code provision Solution type
09-25-03-01-00-0-009.25.3.1. Required Barrier to Air LeakageAcceptable
09-25-03-02-01-0-009.25.3.2.(1) Air Barrier System Properties (effective barrier to air infiltration and exfiltration)Acceptable
09-25-03-02-02-0-009.25.3.2.(2) Air Barrier Systems Properties (alternative to 6-mil polyethylene air barrier)Alternative
09-25-03-03-00-0-009.25.3.3. Continuity of the Air Barrier SystemAcceptable
09-36-02-09-01-b-009.36.2.9.(1)(b) Airtightness (exterior walls only)Acceptable

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 14-14-310 (14131-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 2014-10-27 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

HP+™ R Series - Air Barrier System

Product description

This Report addresses the performance of the product as an air barrier system (ABS) as specified by BASF Canada Inc. (BASF). The "HP+ R Series - Air Barrier System" consists of the following components and accessories:

  • principal material in the plane of airtightness: "WALLTITE® CM01"Footnote  spray polyurethane foam insulation by BASF (CCMC 14100-L);
  • accessories for continuity:
    • "3M Air and Vapour Barrier 3015," a self-adhering, proprietary elastomeric flashing with acrylic adhesive that is manufactured by 3M Canada for use as a transition membraneFootnote (1) over construction, control and expansion joints, at junctions between different assemblies, and at penetrations; and
    • "MasterSeal® NP 1" by BASF or "Dymonic®" 100 by Tremco, for use at membrane-to-foundation junctions and on the interior side around window and door openings; and
  • component for wind load resistance: structural substrate, such as "Neopor® Graphite Polystyrene" (GPS)Footnote (2) by BASF, oriented strandboard (OSB), plywood, or exterior gypsum sheathing within a wall designed to withstand the anticipated positive and negative wind loads.Footnote (3)

If installed as part of the designated ABS, WALLTITE® v.3 spray polyurethane foam serves a dual function in the wall assembly: as the principal plane of airtightness of the designated ABS and as exterior insulation. The use of the product as insulation is covered under CCMC 13588-L.

The foam insulation consists of two components: "Elastospray® 8000A" isocyanate and a polyurethane resin identified as "WALLTITE® CM01." The two components are mixed on-site by an installer approved by BASF to install the product. The resulting product is a spray polyurethane with an assigned long-term thermal resistance value of 1.82 m2·°C/W per 50 mm. If the foam insulation serves as the principal component in the BASF proprietary ABS, it must be installed at a minimum thickness and density, which are specified in the Conditions and limitations section of this Report. As per CCMC 14100-L, the finished product is purple.

Manufacturing plants

This evaluation is limited to products produced at the following plants:

Product nameManufacturing plants
Blackie, AB, CAToronto, ON, CA
HP+™ R Series - Air Barrier SystemProduct evaluated by the CCMCProduct 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.

Air barrier system

  • The durability assessment of "WALLTITE® CM01" (the principal material of the ABS) has demonstrated sufficiently low air permeance at a thickness of 25.4 mm and a minimum field (in-place) density of 39 kg/m³. This meets the intent of Subsection 9.25.3., Air Barrier Systems, of Division B of the NBC 2010 and 2015 for buildings with an indoor relative humidity (RH) of 35% or less. For buildings with a higher RH (e.g., swimming pools and museums), additional assessment is required in accordance with Part 5, Environmental Separation, of Division B of the NBC 2010 and 2015.
  • The evaluation of "HP+R Series - Air Barrier System" is limited to wood-frame construction that meets the requirements of Part 9, Housing and Small Buildings, of Division B of the NBC 2010 and 2015. The air leakage rate of the tested wall assemblies, following structural aging, meets the rating A1 (less than 0.05 L/(s·m²) at a pressure difference of 75 Pa) when tested in accordance with CAN/ULC-S742-11, “Air Barrier Assemblies – Specification.” The wall assembliesFootnote (4) have demonstrated sufficient strength to resist wind loads so they can be used in buildings that fall under the provisions of Part 9 of the NBC 2010 and 2015, in geographical locations where the wind pressure is Q1/50 ≤ 1 000 Pa for a maximum building height of 12 m. The Q1/50 corresponds to the 1-in-50-year wind pressure return period published in Appendix C of Division B of the NBC 2010 and 2015. For applicability of the ABS rating and durability of the components, in wood-frame construction beyond the provisions in Part 9 of the NBC 2010 and 2015, the stamp of an engineer is required for acceptance by the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs).
  • To provide the air leakage control and strength in the field, the product must be installed in conformance with the limits above. It must be installed in the field by Caliber Quality Solutions Inc.-certified installers according to “HP+ R Series walls - Technical Installation - 3D details - version 2019”, “HP+ Wall System R Series Field Assembly Guide" dated May 30, 2019, and “HP+ R Series Installation Details" dated April 8, 2019. Caliber Quality Solutions Inc., a third-party inspection agency, must conduct the necessary follow-up inspections to ensure that Caliber Quality Solutions Inc.-certified installers are performing the necessary field quality control; for example, transition membrane application, membrane adhesion / pull testing before spraying, sealant application before spraying, and spray foam as per CAN/ULC S705.2-05, “Thermal Insulation – Spray Applied Rigid Polyurethane Foam, Medium Density – Application.” All results must be recorded on the Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. daily worksheet for the "HP+ R Series - Air Barrier System."
  • A copy of the installation instructions must be available on the job site at all times during the installation for review by building officials. All "WALLTITE® CM01" installers must present their Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. identification card upon request by the building official.
  • The product must be identified with the manufacturer’s name or logo and the phrase “CCMC 14131-R.”

Air barrier system - field quality assurance

This product is required to be installed as outlined in the “HP+ Wall Quality Assurance Program Handbook” by BASF. When the "HP+ R Series" is applied as the designated ABS, BASF requires that the installer be BASF-trained and that Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. conducts periodic audits to ensure:

  1. the approved accessories are being used;
  2. proper installation of the transition membrane, by conducting periodic tension testing as part of the BASF-specified quality control;
  3. proper continuity details and substrate conformance, as part of the quality control procedure for the product;
  4. proper application of the "WALLTITE® CM01" spray foam; and
  5. daily work records are maintained for the ABS installation.

Insulation - field quality assurance

When the proposed spray polyurethane is applied as spray-foam insulation, the material must be manufactured on-site by qualified installers trained by BASF, with field inspections carried out by Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. certifies BASF’s training program and provides follow-up inspections to ensure installations are in accordance with CAN/ULC-S705.2.

The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation manual. A copy of this manual must be available on the job site at all times during the installation. All installers must present their Caliber Solutions Inc. licensing card and their daily work record upon request by the building official.

See CCMC 14100-L for additional limitations on the installation of the "WALLTITE® CM01" spray-foam product.

"Elastospray® 8000A" isocyanate and the polyurethane resin "WALLTITE® CM01" must have their containers (i.e., drums) identified by the phrase “CCMC 14131-R” and “CCMC 14100-L,” respectively.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072709.01-10ACCMC Technical Guide for Air Barrier Systems for Exterior Walls of Buildings
CCMC-TG-072709.01-15DCCMC Technical Guide for Air Barrier Systems for Exterior Walls of Buildings

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.

Performance requirements

The results of the air leakage tests conducted on four representative specimens (wall assemblies) are summarized below in the table "Resuls of testing the air leakage rate of the product." The original full-sclae wall assemblies testiong carried out with "WALLTITE® v.3" previously evalauted by CCMC. The performance resulting from these tests has been deemed applicable to "WALLTITE® CM01 - Air Barrier System" based on equivalency testing.

The durability test results of the ABS components are summarized in the "Results of durability testing of components in the "WALLTITE® CM01" air barrier system." "WALLTITE® CM01" met the CCMC air permeance durability requirements and is deemed to be an adequate foam for the air barrier system application.

The performance of the product has been tested in accordance with the CCMC Technical Guide for qualification for use as an ABS.

To qualify, a conforming ABS must:

  1. have an acceptable low air leakage rate;
  2. be continuous;
  3. be durable;
  4. have sufficient strength to resist the anticipated air pressure load; and
  5. be buildable in the field.
Table 1. Results of testing the air leakage rate of the product
Type of wall tested S742 classificationTable footnote (1) Air leakage rate after wind loading at 75 Pa ΔP Air leakage rate after wind loading at -20°C and at 75 Pa ΔPTable footnote (2) RequirementTable footnote (3)
HP+™ R Series A1Table footnote (3) (≤ 0.05 L/(s∙m2)) 0.016 L/(s·m2) 0.020 L/(s·m2) Pass
Table 2. Permissible air leakage rate
Water vapour permeance (WVP) of outermost layer of wall assembly
(ng/(Pa·s·m2))
Maximum permissible air leakage rate
L/(s·m2) @ 75 Pa ΔP
15 < WVP ≤ 60 0.05
60 < WVP ≤ 170 0.10
170 < WVP ≤ 800 0.15
> 800 0.20

For more information on the CCMC Technical Guide requirements and how they relate to the NBC 2010 and 2015 requirements, please see the IRC publication, "Air Barrier Systems for Walls of Low-Rise Buildings: Performance and Assessment," ISBN 0-60-16862-6.

Durability of air barrier system components
Table 3. Results of durability testing of components in the "WALLTITE® CM01" Air Barrier System
Component Requirement Result
Spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation: "WALLTITE® CM01" polyurethane insulation Air permeance before and after aging (ASTM D 726-84):< 10% increase Passed
Thermal resistance after heat aging and weathering: 90% retention PassedTable footnote (1)
Transition membrane: "3M™ Air and Vapour Barrier 3015" by 3M Physical properties before and after aging: 85% retention Passed
Sealant: "MasterSeal® NP 1™" by BASF or "Dymonic® 100" by Tremco Complies with ASTM C 920-14 Passed
Additional data

Data in this section does not form part of the CCMC’s opinion in Section 1.

The following test data are provided for information purposes only, as the CCMC’s opinion of the product’s compliance with NBC 2010 and 2015 stated in this Report is limited to a maximum building height of 12 m for buildings that fall under the provisions of Part 9 of the NBC 2010 and 2015. For the applicability of the ABS rating and durability of the components, in wood-frame construction beyond the provisions in Part 9, the stamp of an engineer is required for acceptance by the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs).

The third-party testing laboratory that conducted the air leakage tests in compliance with CAN/ULC-S742 also reported the following sustained hourly wind pressure loads and its corresponding building heights (see Table 1 in Annex G of CAN/ULC-S742) beyond 12 m:

  1. Q1/50 sustained hourly wind pressure load 0.450 kPa (450 Pa) and building height of 60 m;
  2. Q1/50 sustained hourly wind pressure load 0.550 kPa (550 Pa) and building height of 20 m;
  3. Q1/50 sustained hourly wind pressure load 0.650 kPa (650 Pa) and building height of 20 m;
  4. Q1/50 sustained hourly wind pressure load 0.750 kPa (750 Pa) and building height of 20 m; and
  5. Q1/50 sustained hourly wind pressure load 0.850 kPa (850 Pa) and building height of 20 m.

The tested wall specimens did not lose their integrity during the wind pressure loading.

Speciments tested for qualifying system details

The figures below outline the original full-scale specimens tested with "WALLTITE® CM01" spray polyurethane, which represent typical construction details to be reproduced in the field as part of the installation of BASF’s proprietary "HP+ R Series - Air Barrier System."

 
Sections and elevation of opaque wall assembly.
Figure 1. Specimen no. 1: opaque wall assembly
  1. Horizontal section
  2. Vertical section
  3. Elevation
  1. wood stud, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  2. bottom plate, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  3. double top plate, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  4. wall sheathing
  5. "WALLTITE® v. 3" insulation, 25.4 mm (1 in.)
  6. measurement of 406.4 mm (16 in.)
  7. measurement of 2.44 m (12 ft.)
Installation - sheathing
  • install sheathing with long dimension (e.g. 2.44 m (8 ft.) length) in vertical direction
  • use nails with minimum penetration of 25.4 mm (1 in.) into framing to attach wall sheathing
  • use nails with rigid plastic or metal caps (25.4 mm (1 in.) Ø min.) to attach foam sheathings
  • space fasteners @ 150 mm (6 in.) along sheet edges and @ 200 mm (8 in.) in field of pane

All construction, control or expansion joints in an exterior wall assembly must be bridged by a transition membrane as part of the "HP+ R Series - Air Barrier System."

Sections and elevations of example of continuity across junctions and penetrations.
Figure 2. Specimen no. 2: example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in the wall and at the foundation wall. This specimen includes veneer anchors, various type of pipes, and a 100 mm × 100 mm (4 in. × 4 in.) galvanized steel duct (see details in Figures 4 and 5).
  1. Horizontal section
  2. Vertical section
  3. Elevation
  1. wood stud, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  2. bottom plate, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  3. double top plate, 38 mm x 89 mm, (2 in. x 4 in.)
  4. wall sheathing
  5. see details in manufactuer's installation instructions
  6. rough opening header
  7. measurement of 2.44 m (12 ft.)
  8. measurement of 406.4 mm (16 in.)
  9. measurement of 609.6 mm (2 ft.)  
  10. measurement of 1.32 m (52 in.)
  11. rough opening sill

Elevation of continuity across junctions and penetrations in the wall and at the foundation wall.
Figure 3. Specimen no. 3: example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in the wall and at the foundation wall. This specimen includes veneer anchors, various type of pipes, and a 100 mm × 100 mm (4 in. × 4 in.) galvanized steel duct (see details in Figures 4 and 5).
  1. Exterior elevation
  2. Note: this specimen includes veneer anchors, various type of pipes and 100 mm x 100 mm (4 in. x 4 in.) galvanized steel duct (see details in Figures 4 and 5)
  1. "WALLTITE® v.3" insulation, 25.4 mm (1 in.) with penetrations
  2. transition membrane, sealant with PE backer rod (interior)
  3. measurement of 2.44 m (8 ft.)
  4. measurement of 1.52 m (5 ft.)
  5. measurement of 0.3 m (1 ft.)
  6. measurement of 610 mm (24 in.)
  7. measurement of 1.32 m (52 in.)

Since the foundation wall is designated as part of the ABS in this case, a transition membrane with sealant (see cross-section details) must be sealed to the foundation wall to maintain the continuity of the plane of airtightness. In addition, mechanical fasteners for brick veneer and penetrations from electrical wiring, pipes or ducts must be sealed with the use of a transition membrane.

Foundation and window detail.
Figure 4. Details of transition membrane at the foundation wall junction and the window opening
  1. Foundation detail
  2. Window detail
  1. foundation
  2. measurement of 76 mm (3 in.)
  3. window
  4. Neopor® insulation sheathing
  5. "WALLTITE® v.3" insulation
  6. transition membrane
  7. "MasterSeal® NP1" sealant
  8. backer rod
  9. sill plate gaskek
Elevation, duct/pipe opening detail and interior elevation
Figure 5. Details of transition membrane around the wall penetrations
  1. Exterior elevation, R series
  2. Details, R series duct/pipe opening
  3. Interior elevation, R series
  1. galvanized steel duct
  2. steel pipe
  3. "MasterSeal® NP1" sealant
  4. WALLTITE® SPF insulation
  5. Neopor® insulating sheathing
  6. transition membrane

 

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