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[CCMC 13568-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

From: National Research Council Canada

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Code compliance opinion

Ontario Building Code 2017

ID Code provision Solution type
09-14-02-01-02-b- Foundation Wall DrainageAcceptable

Ruling No. 14-08-304 (13568-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 2014-09-23 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

DMX Drain 5X (Drainage)

Product description

The product consists of a dimpled, high-density polyethylene membrane laminated to a geotextile filter fabric. The membrane is installed on the foundation wall with the raised dimples facing away from the wall.

The product is available in rolled sheets that are 0.6 mm thick, 20 m long and up to 2.4 m wide. When two sheets are joined side-by side, they must be overlapped by 150 to 300 mm with their dimples meshing; when 2 sheets are joined top-to-bottom (horizontally), they must be overlapped by 150 mm (minimum).

A range of accessories, such as special trim strips, plugs and nails, is available to ensure correct application of the product.

Illustration of the DMX Drain 5X (Drainage).

Figure 1. Side facing soil

Illustration of the opposite side of the DMX Drain 5X (Drainage).

Figure 2. Side facing wall

Illustration of the anchoring system for the DMX Drain 5X (Drainage).

Figure 3. Anchoring system

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Brampton, ON, CA
DMX Drain 5X (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, Class A (descriptions below).
  • The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The product was evaluated for use against cast-in-place and concrete block foundation only.
  • The product is a dimpled membrane drainage product 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 (Type 2) 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 2012.
  • The placement and grading of backfill must conform to the requirements of Subsection 9.12.3., Backfill, of Division B of the OBC 2012. 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 30 days of its installation.
  • Class “A” products, with a geotextile facing the soil, must be backfilled before runoff water hits the geotextile (e.g., during a heavy rainfall) to prevent clogging of the filter by fine particles of the soil carried by the running water.
  • Long-term performance of a drainage system will depend on local conditions such as the soil type, hydrogeology of the site, mineralogy and presence of microorganisms in the soil (i.e., iron ochre), as well as compatibility of the filter with the soil, among other issues. There should be a proper engineering design for 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, considering the anchor strength as well as site-specific issues such as the type of soil, how it will interact with the product, as well as the backfilling method used.
  • The top of the membrane and all vertical joints and terminations must be mechanically fastened and sealed to prevent soil particles from entering behind the membrane. 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 13568-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-334623.01-17CCMC Technical Guide for Foundation Wall Drainage Systems – Dimpled Membranes

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.

Table 1. Results of testing the performance requirements of the product
Property Unit Requirement Result
Compressive strength (initial) kPa 150 178.8
Dynamic impact resistance (mean failure energy) J ≥ 2.45 7.4
Creep resistance (residual thickness at 25 years/10°C) % ≥ 50% at 25 years/10°C 77.8
Cold bending at –30°C N/A No visible crack No visible crack
Tensile strength at yield kN/m ≥ 8 XD 9.0Table footnote (1)
elongation at break % ≥ 25 XD 25.0
  anisotropy ratio   ≥ 0.5 1.1
Heat aging for 2 weeks OIT after 2 weeks min > 5Table footnote (2) 8.64
dimensional change % ≤ 1 MD –1.0, XD –0.4
weight change % ≤ 0.1 –0.1
residual compression strength % ≥ 80 of initial 105
Resistance to alkaline environment appearance N/A No visible crack No visible crack
residual compression strength % ≥ 80 of initial 118
bending resistance N/A No visible cracks No visible crack
Geotextile fabric properties grab tensile N ≥ 500 MD 650, XD 727
puncture resistance N ≥ 100 233
trapezoid tear resistance N ≥ 180 MD 241, XD 311
filtration opening size by hydrodynamic sieving µm ≤ 180; Report value 123
permittivity s-1 ≥ 0.5; Report value 0.9
UV resistance (retained strength) % retained > 50% after 500 hours MD 81, XD 89
Hydraulic transmissivity (flow rate) m3/h∙m 1.33 6.96
Geometrical properties
Orientation of the dimples Report value Square
Number of dimples per unit area dimples/m2 Report value 1 057
Overall thickness mm Report value 7.83
Sheet thickness mm Report value 0.6
Hollow core thickness mm Report value 7.23
Anchorage performance anchorage efficiency kN/anchor Report value 0.92

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:

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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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