[CCMC 13292-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 products, when used as breather-type sheathing membranes in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, comply with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

Code provision Solution type Sheathing Membrane Material StandardAlternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 08-02-187 (13292-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 2018-10-19) 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 names

  • Dri-Shield™ II
  • FlexGard Aspire™
  • Grip-Rite® House-wrap
  • NovaWrap Aspire™
  • PermaGard™
  • PermaGuard™
  • Sure-Wrap
  • Xmark Housewrap

Product description

The products consist of a spun-bonded, polypropylene non-woven fabric with a monolithic polymer coating on one side. The products resist the passage of water, but permit the passage of water vapour.

The products are 0.43 mm thick and are available in various colours including a standard teal. They are available in rolls ranging in widths from 0.91 m to 3.05 m and in lengths from 30.5 m to 1 372 m.

The rolled material is applied over the exterior sheathing material so that it forms a continuous envelope around the entire building. The material overlaps 75 mm to 150 mm at vertical joints and 100 mm at horizontal joints. The figure below illustrates the application of the product.

A drawing illustrating the installation of the product.
Figure 1. Installation of FlexGard Aspire™, PermaGuard™, PermaGard™, Dri-Shield™ II, Sure-Wrap, Xmark Housewrap, Grip-Rite® Housewrap, and Nova Wrap Aspire™

Manufacturing plants

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

  • Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

  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 products can be used as a breather-type sheathing membrane under commonly used types of exterior cladding to reduce the risk of water infiltration. The main purpose of the products is to create a continuous envelope around the occupied areas of residential or light commercial construction. Such continuity is achieved by overlapping or sealing the product either to itself using CCMC-evaluated contractor sheathing tape, or to other construction materials using an acoustical sealant.
  • A conforming installation must be:
    • installed with the printed side facing outward;
    • protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun within 60 days;
    • installed according to Article, Required Sheathing Membrane and Installation, of Division B of the NBC 2015 and the manufacturer’s current instructions;
    • installed with a minimum 10-mm air space between the sheathing membrane and the cladding, unless the cladding has been deemed to not require an air space (i.e., deemed by the CCMC or by building officials based on past cladding performance); and
    • installed with the material overlapping 75 mm to 150 mm at vertical joints and 100 mm at horizontal joints. Note: Joints must be taped and sealed around both window and door openings.
    • A concealed air space exceeding 25 mm in width must contain proper fire stopping in accordance with Subsection 9.10.16., Fire Blocks, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
    • The product must be clearly identified with the phrase "CCMC 13292-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072510.03-15CCMC Technical Guide for Sheathing Membrane, Breather Type


The Report Holder has submitted technical documentation for CCMC’s evaluation. Testing was conducted at laboratories recognized by the CCMC. The corresponding technical evidence for this product is summarized below.

Performance requirements
Test results of performance requirements
Property Unit Requirement Result
Sheet width Tolerance: –6 mm of specified width Pass
Tensile strength machine direction N > 180 244
cross direction > 160 214
Water vapour permeance ng/(Pa·s·m2 ) > 170 362
Water ponding   No leakage PassTable footnote (1)


Tensile strength

after UV exposure machine direction


% retention of original

> 90 93
cross direction > 90 98
after UV and heat aging machine direction ≥ 85 85
cross direction > 85 91
Water vapour permeance of UV- and heat-aged samples ng/(Pa·s·m2 ) > 170 497
Water ponding of UV- and heat-aged samples No leakage PassTable footnote (1)


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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