[CCMC 14520-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 footing form and drainage tile in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2020

ID Code provision Solution type
40101030000004.1.1.3.(4)(c) CSA CAN/CSA-S269.3-M92 Concrete Formwork ...Alternative
91403010000009.14.3.1. Material StandardsAlternative
91403020000009.14.3.2. Minimum SizeAlternative
91403030000009.14.3.3. InstallationAlternative
91405000000009.14.5. Drainage DisposalAlternative

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

Proform HD®

Product description

Proform HD® is a foundation product intended for use as a concrete footing form and drainage tile. The product is manufactured from corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and is available in 150 mm (6 in.) depths, with a single hollow chamber.

The Proform HD® system consists of 3.05 m (10 ft.) long sections, which are slotted on the exterior face to allow the entrance of ground water. The system also includes straight couplings, corner couplings, 90° vertical "L" fittings, a snap-in adaptor, single and double outlet fittings, spacer bars (reusable), and grade stakes to facilitate installation and accommodate drainage to the disposal system. Pipes conforming to BNQ 3624-115, "Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Soil and Foundation Drainage," may be used in conjunction with or as part of the system; that is, for outlet crossover or outflow to a sewer.

The footing form and weeping tile on a job site after the concrete is poured.

Figure 1. Picture of installed product

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Chatsworth, IL, US
Proform HD®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 laid on undisturbed or well-compacted soil so that the top of the product is below the bottom of the floor slab or the ground cover of the crawl space.
  • Drainage disposal of the product must be in accordance with Subsection 9.14.5., Drainage Disposal, of Division B of the NBC 2020.
  • Based on the evidence provided, the product has been evaluated for depths up to 3.7 m.
  • The Proform HD® system must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications stated in the installation guide prepared by Prinsco, revision 101816. The installation guide must be made available at the job site at all times.
  • When the lineal is elevated from the subgrade and gravel installed before the concrete is poured (Figure 3), gravel must be removed from the surface intended to receive the concrete to ensure the actual footing volume is as intended by design.
  • The material backfilled against Proform HD® must be a non-cohesive material; that is, crushed stone or other coarse, clean granular material. This backfilled material must be installed over a width of at least 300 mm, and must cover the top and sides of the product by at least 150 mm. The clean granular material must contain not more than 10% of material that will pass through a 4-mm sieve.
    The product at the footing level when the concrete is poured first.

    Figure 2. Concrete poured first

    The product at the footing level when the gravel is placed first.

    Figure 3. Gravel placed first

  • This product has not been evaluated as part of a radon or other soil gas mitigation system. A higher level of performance may be required if the product is to be installed as a radon or other soil gas mitigation system.
  • If a geotextile filter fabric is required between the stone fill and the soil, its compatibility with the soil must be investigated on a project-by-project basis.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-334613.05-20CCMC Technical Guide for Dual Footing Form and Drainage Tile System - HDPE

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.

Material requirements

Table 1. Results of testing the resistance properties of the product
Property Requirement Result
Impact resistance No evidence of cracks or fissures when tested for impact on lineals and fittings Pass
Resistance to soil pressure Maximum 20% deflection Pass

Performance requirements

Table 2. Results of testing the concrete form capacity of the product
Property Requirement Result
Stability The footing form and its accessories must remain within 10 mm of their original position after concrete placement and hardening. The product met the requirements. A maximum displacement of 7 mm was observed 24 h after concrete pour.
Concrete leakage There must be no measurable leakage of concrete through the form. The product met the requirements. No leakage of concrete through the form was observed.
Load capacity The form must resist the anticipated loads imposed by the concrete placement. The product met the requirements. The product resisted the loads imposed by the placement of concrete.

Table 3. Results of testing the drainage capacity of the product
Property Requirement Result
Flow characteristics and perforation area Total perforated area per metre length > 30 cm2/m and perforation width (smallest dimension) 2.0 mm to 5.0 mm 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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