[CCMC 13565-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

From: National Research Council Canada

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Compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as an air barrier material in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

ID Code provision Solution type
09-25-03-02-00-0- Air barrier systems shall possess the ch ...Alternative
09-29-08-00-00-0-009.29.8. Insulating Fibreboard FinishAcceptable
09-36-02-10-00-0- Materials intended to provide the princi ...Acceptable

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 14-03-299 (13565-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 2014-09-22 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(s) is/are 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

Excel Air Barrier Material

Product description

This Report addresses the performance of the product as an air barrier material within the Building Products of Canada Corp.’s “Excel” air barrier system. This air barrier system has not been evaluated but is presented in Additional information: An air barrier material as part of an air barrier system for the convenience of building officials and designers.


The product's material, if installed as part of the designated air barrier system, will serve a dual function in the wall assembly. Use of the product as a sheathing membrane to control incidental water infiltration behind cladding is covered under a separate CCMC Evaluation Report (see CCMC 13584-R).

The product is a fibreboard insulation panel conforming to CAN/ULC-S706-09, “Wood Fibre Insulating Boards for Buildings,” Type II, Class 3, Grade 2. The panels are 12.7 mm thick and are plant-laminated to a polypropylene-based, non-woven sheathing membrane with a hot-melt adhesive. The panels are usually 1 219 mm × 2 743 mm.

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Pont-Rouge, QC, CA
Excel Air Barrier MaterialProduct 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 has demonstrated a sufficiently low air permeance equivalent to the materials outlined in Table A-, Air and Vapour Permeance Values, and Sentence of Division B of the NBC 2015 to be the principal plane of airtightness in an air barrier system.
  • Generally, when the product is installed as part of the airtight element of the proponent’s proprietary air barrier system, the vapour barrier only needs to comply with Sentences and (5), Vapour Barrier Materials, of Division B of the NBC 2015. In cases where another low water vapour permeance element has been installed in the wall assembly, Article, General (Properties and Position of Materials in the Building Envelope), of Division B of the NBC 2015 must apply.
  • A conforming installation must be:
    • installed with the printed side facing outward and protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun within 60 days;
    • 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 (e.g., deemed by the CCMC or deemed by building officials based on past cladding performance); and
    • installed according to the most recent update of Building Products of Canada Corp.’s “Excel III” installation manual (examples of the installation details are presented as additional information in Additional information: An air barrier material as part of an air barrier system).
  • A concealed air space exceeding 25 mm in width must contain proper fire blocking in accordance with Subsection 9.10.16., Fire Blocks, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape in accordance with MasterFormat 07 25 20 must be used to seal all joints.
  • The product must be clearly identified with the phrase “CCMC 13565-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072709.02-15ACCMC Technical Guide for Air Barrier Materials

The Report 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.

The durability assessment of the product is covered under CCMC 13584-R.

Performance requirements
Table 1. Results of testing the product to the CCMC technical guide for air barrier materials
Test Requirement Result
Tested as per CAN/ULC-S741 with five 1-m2 membrane specimens and measured for air permeance at a minimum of six air pressure differentials (ΔP) between 0 and 300 Pa – unconditioned (prior to UV and heat aging). Air leakage rate at 75 Pa ΔP (based on linear regression of 30 data points) ≤ 0.02 L/(s·m2) 0.008 L/(s·m2)
Five 1-m2 membrane specimens tested and measured for air permeance at a minimum of six air pressure differentials (ΔP) between 0 and 300 Pa – conditioned (after UV and heat aging). Where less than 0.01 L/(s·m2) for unconditioned specimens, the increase of the air leakage rate at 75 Pa ΔP for conditioned specimens ≤ 0.001 L/(s·m2). 0.009 L/(s·m2)Table footnote (1)
0.001 L/(s·m2)Table footnote (2)
Water vapour permeance (infiltration direction) Where less than 60 ng/(Pa·s·m2), the location of the product installation is restricted by the requirements listed in Article of Division B of the NBC 2015.


363.0 ng/(Pa·s·m2)

Water vapour permeance (exfiltration direction) 290.1 ng/(Pa·s·m2)
Additional information: An air barrier material as part of an air barrier system


The CCMC has not evaluated the performance of the “Excel” air barrier system in conformance with Article, Air Barrier System Properties, of Division B of the NBC 2015. However, the CCMC’s opinion is that an air barrier system using this material and installed in conformance with the details outlined below and in Building Products of Canada Corp.’s installation manual should satisfy the requirements for continuity of the air barrier system in Articles, Required Barrier to Air Leakage, and, Continuity of the Air Barrier System, of Division B of the NBC 2015.


Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) should be aware that this system differs from the typical air barrier approach, which uses a flexible membrane as the principal plane of airtightness. In the typical approach, the membrane (i.e., polyethylene sheet) is normally sandwiched between two other materials so that it is not required to resist, on its own, the full force of indoor/outdoor pressure differences induced by stack effect, mechanical systems and, most importantly, wind.

In a system in which a composite of insulation board and membrane is applied to the outer surface of the wall, such as the proposed air barrier system, that composite board must have adequate strength and attachment to resist the anticipated wind pressures. The CCMC’s evaluation of the proposed material does not include the evaluation of this strength or the strength of the continuity details. The AHJ must therefore determine whether the proposed air barrier system, described herein, meets the intent of Sentence of Division B of the NBC 2015 as being an effective barrier for the proposed construction in the proposed geographical/climate area. For example, based on their experience, the AHJ may deem the proposed air barrier system adequate for buildings in urban areas, sheltered sites or areas of low wind, but inadequate in areas of high wind and exposed sites in rural or coastal areas.

An air barrier system checklist for the AHJ to consider is the following. An air barrier system must:

  1. have an acceptable low air leakage rate;
  2. be continuous;
  3. be durable;
  4. have sufficient strength to resist the anticipated air pressure load; and
  5. be buildable in the field.

Installation details

The “Excel” material is applied over the structural framing complying with the NBC 2015. It does not contribute to an air barrier system until it is joined to the other components that make up the air barrier system of the building. Building Products of Canada Corp.’s installation manual outlines how the proposed material must be joined to the foundation wall, windows and doors, penetrations in the wall and the ceiling air barrier, thus forming the system.

A successful air barrier system installation is predicated on sequencing during construction. Coordination is required during erection of framing and after completion of the air barrier system to ensure that no other trade breaches the integrity of the installed air barrier system.

The proposed air barrier system is defined as possessing the following features:

  1. “Excel” material as the principal plane of airtightness;
  2. accessories including: sealants and CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape to maintain continuity at junctions with penetrations in the wall assembly (i.e., windows, doors, pipes, ducts, electrical outlets, etc.), and in accordance with continuity details in Building Products of Canada Corp.’s installation manual;
  3. durable, meeting UV and heat-aging requirements;
  4. exterior sheathing with specified fasteners and fastening schedule of the product for structural support against anticipated pressure loads; and
  5. buildable in the field by builders following Building Products of Canada Corp.’s installation manual and reviewed by building officials.

The figures below outline typical construction details of the installation of the proposed air barrier system in the field. See Building Products of Canada Corp.’s “Excel” installation manual for additional details.

Exterior wall sheathing tape.
Figure 1. Exterior wall
  1. sheathing tape
Exterior wall components.
Figure 2. Exterior wall
  1. ceiling air/vapour barrier
  2. air barrier strip
  3. CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape
  4. “Excel”
  5. CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape

All joints between the panels must be sealed with CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape. To maintain continuity, the wall membrane must be extended over the top plates and taped to the ceiling membrane.

Foundation/exterior wall detail with sheathing tape.
Figure 3. Foundation/exterior wall detail
  1. sill plate gasket
  2. sheathing tape
  3. flashing
  4. seal the joint between the “Excel” board and the flashing
  5. the flashing must be sealed on the foundation wall
Foundation/exterior wall detail.
Figure 4. Foundation/exterior wall detail
  1. sill plate gasket
  2. flashing
  3. seal the joint between the “Excel” board and the flashing
  4. the flashing must be sealed on the foundation wall

The foundation wall forms part of the air barrier system; the proposed membrane must therefore be sealed to the foundation wall to maintain continuity. The sealants used must be compatible with “Excel.” Silicone-based sealants must not be used. To maintain continuity to prevent water infiltration, a seal at the sill must be provided to direct water towards the exterior.

Continuity at window penetrations.
Figure 5. Continuity at window penetrations
  1. window flashing tape
  2. sheathing tape

The continuity of the proposed membrane must be maintained by sealing the membrane to windows and doors. This may be accomplished by adding a membrane to the frame around the window openings and then sealing it to the windows with either a foam sealant or elastomeric sealant/backer rod. These sealants must be compatible with the surfaces being joined.

Exterior electrical junction boxes and receptacles.
Figure 6. Exterior electrical junction boxes and receptacles
  1. “Excel”
  2. airtight plastic electrical box
  3. snap-on cover plate

All exterior electrical boxes and receptacles that penetrate the proposed air barrier material must be airtight boxes. Otherwise, electrical boxes must be wrapped and sealed to the proposed air barrier material to maintain continuity at these locations.

Sealing at penetrations through exterior wall.
Figure 7. Sealing at penetrations through exterior wall
  1. seal the gap around penetrations
  2. cut “Excel” to fit around penetrations

When a pipe, duct or other element penetrates the exterior wall and the proposed air barrier material, it must be sealed. Use sealant or CCMC-evaluated sheathing tape, whichever is more appropriate for the element to which it is being sealed.

Administrative information

Use of Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) assessments

This assessment must be read in the context of the entire CCMC Registry of Product Assessments, any applicable building code or by-law requirements, and/or any other regulatory requirements (for example, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, etc.).

It is the responsibility of the user to confirm that the assessment they are using is current and has not been withdrawn or superseded by a later version on the CCMC Registry of Product Assessments.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has evaluated only the characteristics of the specific product described 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 (such as authorities having jurisdiction, design professionals and specifiers). This evaluation is valid when the product is used as part of permitted construction, respecting all conditions and limitations stated in the evaluation, and in accordance with applicable building codes and by-laws.

This evaluation is provided without representation, warranty or guarantee of any kind, expressed or implied, and the NRC provides no endorsement for any evaluated product. The NRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever arising in any way from any and all use of or reliance on the information contained herein or the use of any evaluated product. 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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