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[CCMC 12697-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

From: National Research Council Canada

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Code compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as a thermal insulation 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 Insulation MaterialsAlternative

National Building Code of Canada 2020

ID Code provision Solution type Insulation MaterialsAlternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 95-10-29 (12697-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 2007-01-19 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 is 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


Product description

The product is a spray-in-place, low-density, semi-flexible plastic foam that has an open-cell structure. The foaming system consists of two components, A100 isocyanate and B500 resin, which are mixed on site by a qualified installer with fixed-ratio positive displacement equipment.

Once the product has expanded the open cells contain air. The chemical reaction that occurs while the product is being installed takes place in seconds, with less than 15 minutes needed for curing. After curing, the product remains semi-flexible.

The final cured product is yellow and has a density of 8.3 kg/m3. At a thickness of 25.4 mm, the design thermal resistance is 0.61 m2·K/W (R3.48).

Site-manufactured product

This is a site-manufactured product; it must be finished on site only by certified installers through the spray-application of raw materials bearing a CCMC number that are produced only at the manufacturing plant(s) below. See installation of spray-applied polyurethane insulation for more information on the requirements for installation and site quality assurance.

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Boisbriand, QC, CA
SEALECTION 500®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.

  • This is a site-manufactured product whereby the installation of spray-applied polyurethate foam must be performed following a site quality assurance program by certified installers trained by the evaluation holder (or their representative) and licensed by the designated SQAP provider
  • The product can be used in new or retrofitted construction. The product is to be installed in open cavities in the following locations of wood-frame construction meeting the requirements of the NBC 2015:
    • exterior walls including perimeter joists;
    • cathedral ceilings with a vented air space as required by the NBC 2015;
    • floors separating living spaces from a garage;
    • cantilever overhang floors; and
    • interior below-grade foundation walls.
  • The application locations are illustrated in Figure 1.
  • The building envelope in which this product is installed must conform to the requirements of the NBC 2015 for vapour barriers, air barriers, and dampproofing (interior below-grade walls).
  • For retrofit applications, the working area must be isolated and negatively pressurized by using an exfiltration rate of 0.3 air changes per hour for at least one (1) day. An independent toxicological assessment determined that this ventilation rate must also be in effect for one (1) day before occupancy is permitted in the newly insulated suite.
  • The sprayed material should completely cover the surfaces between the studs, joists and other framing members. The surfaces to be covered should be clean, dry, and not covered in frost, oil, grease, dust or other unsuitable material. As required in Article, Installation of Thermal Insulation, of Division B of the NBC 2015, the insulation must be installed so that there is a reasonably uniform insulating value over the entire face of the insulated area.
  • The interior side of the applied semi-flexible polyurethane insulation must be covered with an approved thermal barrier as per Article, Protection of Foamed Plastics, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • The insulation must be kept away from heat-emitting devices, such as recessed light fixtures and chimneys, at the minimum distance required by building regulations and safety codes.
  • The maximum in-service temperature of the insulation must not exceed 70°C.
  • The product must not be used where it may come into contact with water and must not be installed after its expiry date of six (6) months from the date of manufacture.
  • The A and B components must have their respective containers (i.e. drums) identified by the phrase “CCMC 12697-R.”
  • The installation procedure must follow the manufacturer’s instruction manual. A copy of the manual must be available at the job site at all times during the installation for review by the building official. 
Side section of a house showing application locations
Figure 1. Application locations in wood-frame construction in open cavities
  1. exterior, above-grade wall
  2. cathedral ceiling (vented)
  3. floor above garage
  4. cantilever floor
  5. interior foundation wall

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072119.03-15CCMC Technical Guide for Spray-in-Place, Open-Cell Polyurethane Foam (OPF) Thermal Insulation
CCMC-TG-072119.03-20CCMC Technical Guide for Spray-in-Place, Open-Cell Polyurethane Foam (OPF) Thermal Insulation

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
Table 1. Results of testing of SEALECTION 500® – Type 1, open-cell urethane
Property Requirement Result
Density (kg/m3) > 6.8 8.3
Thermal resistance at 25.4 mm thickness (m2·K/W) Report value 0.61
Water vapour transmission for 25 mm thickness (ng/Pa·s·m2) > 2 800 1 300Table footnote (1)
Water absorption (%) Report value 50
Emissions during aging Table footnote (2) Pass
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at 80ºC and ambient RH min. -15 -4.4
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at 80ºC and ambient RH max. +10 -4.4
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at 70ºC and 95 ± 3% RH min. -15 -5.1
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at 70ºC and 95 ± 3% RH max. +14 -5.1
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at -29ºC and ambient RH min. -1 -0.5
Dimensional changes (% volumetric) when exposed for 28 days at -29ºC and ambient RH max. — -0.5


Additional performance data requested by the evaluation holder

Data in this section does not form part of CCMC's opinion in the Code compliance opinion section.

Fire performance

Table 2. Fire test results for SEALECTION 500®Table footnote footnote (1)Table footnote footnote (2)
Property Requirement Result
Flame-spread ratingTable footnote footnote (3) (CAN/ULC-S102 and CAN/ULC-S127) Report value 435
Smoke development Report value 240


Site quality assurance program (SQAP) 

Installation of spray-applied polyurethane insulation  

In addition to the material qualification to CCMC-TG-072119.03 above, light density spray-applied polyurethane foams must be installed in accordance with CAN/ULC-S712.2 under a Site Quality Assurance Program (SQAP). This evaluation holder has engaged the designated SQAP provider below to operate it's SQAP program for the installation of this product by certified installers, and to provide third-party site auditing, as required. As with any evaluation, the evaluation holder is responsible for the quality of the finished product (installed foam), and therefore is required to ensure resolution of non-conforming installations.

The installation procedure must follow the manufacturer’s instruction manual. A copy of the manual must be available at the job site at all times during the installation for review by the building official.

Certified installers  

The evaluation holder requires that only specific, certified installers be authorized to install its proprietary spray-polyurethane insulation in buildings. All installers must be certified for the installation of this product by the designated SQAP provider, having a valid photo-identification license at the time of installation, and be able to present the license on request.

Third-party site auditing   

As part of its SQAP, the evaluation holder also stipulates that periodic site-audit inspections be conducted by the designated SQAP provider. Upon completion of the site audit, the designated SQAP provider will report the product’s conformity results and any corrective action required, if necessary, to the evaluation holder. Building officials can contact the SQAP provider to request a site-audits at a specific building site.

Designated SQAP provider  

The following organization has been designated by the evaluation holder as their SQAP provider, and is recognized by the CCMC as an ISO/IEC 17024 accredited personnel certification body, and ISO/IEC 17020 accredited inspection body.

Caliber Quality Solutions Inc. (Caliber)
605 - 2323 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2C9
Telephone: 1-888-5-QAP-HELP (1-888-572-7435)

Administrative information


This evaluation is issued by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), a part of the Construction Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The evaluation must be read in the context of the entire CCMC Registry of Product Assessments and the legislated applicable building code in effect.

The CCMC was established in 1988 on behalf of the applicable regulator (i.e., the provinces and territories) to ensure—through assessment—conformity of alternative and acceptable solutions to regional building codes as determined by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) as part of the issuance of a building permit.

It is the responsibility of the local AHJs, design professionals, and specifiers to confirm that the evaluation is current and has not been withdrawn or superseded by a later issue. Please refer to the website or contact:

Canadian Construction Materials Centre
Construction Research Centre
National Research Council of Canada
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6
Telephone: 613-993-6189
Fax: 613-952-0268

The NRC has evaluated the material, product, system or service described herein only for those characteristics stated 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 (i.e., AHJs, design professionals and specifiers). This evaluation is only valid when the product is installed in strict compliance with the stated conditions and limitations of evaluation and the applicable local building code. In circumstances where no applicable local building permit is issued and that no confirmation of compliance ‘for use in the intended field application’ is undertaken, this evaluation is null and void in all respects. This evaluation is provided without representation, warranty, or guarantee of any kind, expressed, or implied, and the NRC provides no endorsement for any evaluated material, product, system or service described herein. The NRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever arising in any way from any and all use and reliance on the information contained in this evaluation with respect to its compliance to the referenced code(s) and standard(s). 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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