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[CCMC 12904-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 bois de charpente composite (BCC) in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2010

ID Code provision Solution type
04-03-01-01-00-0- Buildings and their structural members m ...Acceptable
09-23-04-02-00-0- Spans for built-up wood and glued-lamina ...Alternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 09-08-206 (12904-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 2009-04-16 (revised 2015-09-28) 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

West Fraser™ LVL

Product description

The product is a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) (see Figure 1) that is manufactured by laminating veneers of Lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, aspen and white spruce singularly or in combination at the Rocky Mountain House plant. The grain of the veneer is oriented parallel to the length of the member. The 3-mm-thick veneers are bonded with an exterior-type phenolic resin (phenol formaldehyde) complying with CSA O112.10-08, “Evaluation of Adhesives for Structural Wood Products (Limited Moisture Exposure)” (see CCMC 13192-L). The veneer joints are scarfed or lapped and staggered with a minimum distance between joints of not less than 100 mm. The lengths and widths are cut in square edges.

Five grades of the product (1700Fb-1.3E, 2750Fb-1.7E, 3000Fb-1.8E, 3000Fb-1.9E, and 3100Fb-2.0E) are available in 25.4-mm to 89-mm thicknesses, 89-mm to 1 219-mm depths, and a maximum length of 24.38 m.

Quality control and testing is conducted by APA – The Engineered Wood Association (APA-EWS) as an independent third-party monitoring and inspection agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

Isometric profile drawing of typical laminated veneer lumber (LVL) showing the exterior surface and the layers that compose the LVL.

Figure 1. Laminated veneer lumber

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Rocky Mountain House, AB, CA
West Fraser™ LVLProduct 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, as with all SCL, is intended for dry-service applications only.Footnote (1)
  • The product is intended for use in construction as an alternative material to lumber. Proprietary design values presented for the product are to be used by professional engineers for design in accordance with CSA O86-09, “Engineering Design in Wood,” for structural applications such as beams, headers, joists, rafters, and columns as intended by the product manufacturer. The specific application must be qualified through specific testing and validated by the manufacturer. Applications such as I-joist flanges, studs and metal-plated truss chords are beyond the scope of this evaluation.
  • The pre-engineered tables in the literature outlined below have been provided to the CCMC by the manufacturer to demonstrate compliance with Part 9 buildings for acceptance by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ):
    1. Manufacturer’s pre-engineered tablesFootnote (2)
      • When the product is used as floor beams in simple spans supporting uniform loads only, the installation must be in accordance with the content of the manufacturer’s publications entitled:
        1. West Fraser™ LVL User’s Guide,” dated April 2015 (0415 CDN);
        2. “West Fraser LVL Supplement to User’s Guide,” dated April 2015 (0415 CDN – SUP).
      • The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation guidelines noted in this document for those applications falling within the scope of the document. Applications outside the scope of these installation guidelines require engineering on a case-by-case basis.
    2. Manufacturer’s installation details
      • Nails and bolts in the attachment of the product must be used and installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s size and spacing specifications.
      • The ends of all beams must be restrained to prevent rollover.
      • The compression edges of all beams must be continuously laterally supported.
    3. Engineering required
      • For structural applications beyond the scope/limitations of the above-referenced publication, or when required by the AHJ, the drawings or related documents must bear the authorized seal of a professional engineer skilled in wood design and licensed to practice under the appropriate provincial or territorial legislation.
      • The product must be designed in accordance with the requirements of CSA O86 and Part 4 of Division B of the NBC 2010. The specified strengths and fastener limits for the product must not exceed the values set forth in the Product specified strengths for dry-service conditions and Product fastener capacities tables in this evaluation.
      • The engineer must design in accordance with CSA O86, and may use as a guide, the “Engineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction,” published by the Canadian Wood Council
    4. Engineering support provided by manufacturer
      • West Fraser Mills Ltd., through Sundre Forest Products Inc., provides engineering support and may be consulted at:

        Telephone: 250-991-5350 
        Fax: 250-991-5351

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-061710.01-10CCMC Technical Guide for Weyerhaeuser
Table 1. Product specified strengths for dry-service conditionsTable footnote footnote (1)
Mechanical properties Specified strengths for product grades(2)
1700Fb-1.3E 2750Fb-1.7E 3000Fb-1.8E 3000Fb-1.9E 3100Fb-2.0E
Flexural stress, fb Table footnote footnote (3) - joist 21.7 35.1 38.2 38.2 39.5
Tension parallel to grain, ftTable footnote footnote (4) 14.3 21.5 21.5 21.5 23.1
Compression parallel to grain, fc|| 19.8 25.9 25.9 27.5 33.0
Compressionperp.tograin,fc - parallel to the glue line (joist) 7.5 9.4 9.0 9.0 9.0
Horizontal shear, Fv - perp. to the glue line (joist) 2.8 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8
Modulus of elasticity (MOE) 8 960 11 720  12 400 13 100 13 790
MOE column, E05 7 799 10 200 10 798 11 397 11 997

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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