[CCMC 13492-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 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 2010

ID Code provision Solution type
04-01-01-03-04-c- CAN/CSA-S269.3-M, “Concrete Formwork.”Alternative
09-14-03-01-00-0- Material StandardsAlternative
09-14-03-02-00-0- Minimum SizeAlternative
09-14-03-03-00-0- InstallationAlternative
09-14-05-00-00-0-009.14.5. Drainage DisposalAlternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 10-04-241 (13492-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 2010-04-09 (revised 2018-03-07) 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

Form-A-Drain is a foundation product that is intended for use as a concrete footing form and drainage tile. The product is manufactured from an extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound and is available in 100 mm (4 in.), 150 mm (6 in.), 200 mm (8 in.) and 250 mm (10 in.) depths. The 100-mm drainage channel (lineal) has a single hollow chamber, while the 150 mm, 200 mm and 250 mm depths have intermediate webs to stiffen the channel.

The product’s system consists of 3.66 m (12 ft.) lineals, which are slotted on the exterior face to allow the entrance of ground water. The system also includes straight couplings, corner couplings, 45° fabricated fittings, 90° vertical “L” fittings, a snap-in adapter, single and double outlet fittings, spacer straps, and grade stakes to facilitate installation and accommodate drainage to the disposal system.

Demonstration of the Form-A-Drain size variety.

Figure 1. Form-A-Drain product sizes

Form-A-Drain installation example of a corner assembly.

Figure 2. Form-A-Drain corner assembly

Form-A-Drain installation example of a corner assembly after concrete placement.

Figure 3. Form-A-Drain corner assembly after concrete placement

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Janesville, WI, US
Form-A-DrainProduct 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.
  • The top and sides of the product must be covered with not less than 150 mm of crushed stone or other coarse, clean granular material containing not more than 10% of material that will pass through a 4-mm sieve. Careful attention shall be considered during backfilling to limit impact so as to not cause damage to the product.
  • Drainage disposal of the product must be in accordance with Subsection 9.14.5. of Division B of the NBC 2010.
  • The product must be stored, protected, and installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications that are stated in Royal Building Products (USA) Inc.’s Installation Guide dated September 2013. The Installation Guide must be available at the job site at all times.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-334613.04-10CCMC Technical Guide for Dual Footing Form and Drainage Tile System

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 at the perforated and non-perforated specimen face (sides) or the solid wide edge (top). The 100 mm (4 in.), 150 mm (6 in.) and 200 mm (8 in.) specimens met the requirements. The 250 mm (10 in.) specimen met the requirements for both faces (sides), but did not meet the impact requirements for the solid wide edgeTable footnote (1) (top).
Chemical resistance ± 2% maximum weight change The specimens met the requirements when exposed to 12 different potentially damaging chemicals. Results ranged from a weight change of 0.09% to 0.15%.

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 4.72 mm was observed.
Concrete leakage 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 Comparative analysis to corrugated polyethylene pipe standard BNQ 3624-115, which has a minimum perforation area of 32 cm2/m. The product met the requirements and has a total perforation area of 34.3 cm2/m for all product sizes.

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
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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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