[CCMC 13098-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation
From: National Research Council Canada
SUPERSEAL Basement Systems Ltd.
PO Box 61646 Brookswood RPO
|Product name:||SUPERSEAL Dimpled Membrane (Drainage)|
|Code compliance:||OBC 2017|
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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 foundation wall drainage material in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:
Ontario Building Code 2017
|ID||Code provision||Solution type|
|09-14-02-01-02-b-00||188.8.131.52.(2)(b) Foundation Wall Drainage||Acceptable|
Ruling No. 08-01-186 (13098-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 2008-01-18 (revised 2017-02-02) 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 nameSUPERSEAL Dimpled Membrane (Drainage)
The product is a black polyethylene, quasi-rigid plastic sheet membrane, extruded in a manner that results in a dimpled surface on one side and a smooth surface on the other. The dimpled surface provides an air gap between the concrete wall and the adjacent soil.
The product is available in rolls that are 0.635 mm thick, 20 m long and up to 4 m wide.
To ensure correct application, the products must be installed as part of the drainage system with appropriate accessories, such as fasteners, washers and moulding strips, as recommended by the manufacturer.
Installation details are shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2 below.
This evaluation is valid only for products produced at the following plant:
|Product name||Manufacturing plant|
|SUPERSEAL Dimpled Membrane (Drainage)||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.
- Based on the evidence provided, the product has been classified as Type 2 (applications up to depths of 3.7 m), Class B (cups facing soil).
- The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation manual. In the event of conflict between the manufacturer’s instructions and this evaluation, this evaluation shall govern.
- The product was evaluated for use against cast-in-place concrete and concrete block foundations only.
- The product must cover the foundation wall from the top of the footing to the final grade.
- Cast-in-place concrete and concrete block foundation walls shall have all holes and recesses sealed with mortar. The product must be installed on surfaces that are clean, dry and free of the following: ice, snow, frost, dust, dirt, oil, grease, cracks, projections and depressions, loose particles, and debris.
- The product is a dimpled membrane drainage products designed to act as a protective layer or a capillary breaking layer against the foundation wall to protect the wall against transient or intermittent water that may come in contact with the surface of the wall.
- The product has been evaluated for use in vertical applications in depths of 3.7 m below grade. Applications greater than 3.7 m are considered to be outside the scope of this evaluation.
- The product is only one portion of the total foundation drainage system, which consists of a combination of design and construction processes that use different products. In particular, the product must be bent at the footing to guide water past the cold joint to a drainage pipe located outside of the footing at the bottom of the wall. This pipe will drain the water collected by the product toward an outflow (i.e., sewer). The product relies on a foundation wall drainage system that conforms to Subsection 9.14.3., Drainage Tile and Pipe, or to Subsection 9.14.4., Granular Drainage Layer, of Division B of the OBC 2017.
- The placement and grading of backfill must conform to the requirements of Subsection 9.12.3., Backfill, of Division B of the OBC 2017. It is recommended that an impervious “topping off” layer of clay or silt material be placed on top of the backfill with a positive slope leading surface water away from the building.
- The product must be protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight within a maximum of six months of their installation.
- Long-term performance of the drainage system will depend on local conditions, such as the soil type, hydrogeology of the site, mineralogy and presence of micro-organisms in the soil (e.g., iron ochre), as well as compatibility of the filter with the soil, among other considerations. This evaluation does not free the project from requiring proper engineering design of the drainage system.
- The performance of fixtures used to anchor the product in the wall was evaluated for a single anchor. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to define the pattern and spacing of anchors, allowing for the anchor strength as well as site-specific issues, such as the type of soil, how it will interact with the product, and the backfilling method used.
- The top of the membranes and all vertical joints and terminations must be mechanically fastened with trims, moulding strips, termination bars or other accessories to prevent soil particles from entering behind the membrane. Overlaps or joints that are occasionally exposed to a head of water must be sealed to avoid water entry and associated dragging of soil particles between the membrane and the foundation wall. Accessories used to anchor the product are part of the evaluation.
- The product must be labelled with the manufacturer’s name or logo and the phrase “CCMC 13098-R.”
This evaluation is based on demonstrated conformance with the following criteria:
|Criteria number||Criteria name|
|CCMC-TG-334623.01-17||CCMC Technical Guide for Foundation Wall Drainage Systems – Dimpled Membranes|
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.
|Compressive strength (initial)||kPa||≥ 150||211|
|Dynamic impact resistance (mean failure energy)||J||≥ 2.45||14.0|
|Creep resistance (residual thickness at 25 years/10°C)||%||≥ 40% at 25 years/10°C||54|
|Cold bending at –30°C||N/A||No visible crack||No visible crack|
|Tensile strength – at yield||kN/m||≥ 8||MD 10,
XD 10Table footnote (1)
|Tensile strength – elongation at break in cross direction||%||≥ 25||
|Tensile strength – anisotropy ratio||–||≥ 0.5||0.97|
|Heat aging for 2 weeks – dimensional change||%||≤ 1||
-0.9 (length), -0.8 (width), -0.4 (thickness)
|Heat aging for 2 weeks – weight change||%||≤ 0.1||0.07|
|Heat aging for 2 weeks – residual compression strength||%||≥ 80% of initial||92|
|Resistance to alkaline environment – appearance||N/A||No visible crack||No visible crack|
|Resistance to alkaline environment – residual compression strength||%||≥ 80% of initial||111|
|Resistance to alkaline environment – appearance (cold bending at –30°C)||N/A||No cracks at room temperature||No visible crack|
|UV resistance – residual compression strength||%||≥ 80% of initial||103|
|UV resistance – oxidation induction time (OIT) after 500 hours of UV exposure||min.||5||25.2Table footnote (2)|
|Orientation of dimples||–||Report value||Diagonal|
|Number of dimples per unit area||Dimples/m2||Report value||1 885|
|Overall thickness||mm||Report value||7.80|
|Sheet thickness||mm||Report value||0.60|
|Hollow core thickness||mm||≥ 5||7.10|
|Anchorage performance||kN/anchor||Report value||0.93|
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