[CCMC 13579-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 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- Foundation Wall DrainageAcceptable

Ruling No. 13-05-296 (13579-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 2013-07-12 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


Product description

The product is a high-density polyethylene, quasi-rigid plastic sheet membrane that is extruded in such a way as to result in a smooth surface on one side and a dimpled surface on the other (dimples are 5 mm deep) to which a heat-bonded geo-textile is attached.

The product is available in rolled sheets that are 0.6 mm thick, 15 m long and 1.07 m to 3.0 m wide. The dampproofing system of the product includes a range of accessories such as fasteners, washers and moulding strips to ensure correct application.

See Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3 for installation details.

Side facing wall

Figure 1. Side facing wall

Side facing soil

Figure 2. Side facing soil

Anchor with washer

Figure 3. Anchor with washer

Anchor with washer

Figure 4. Anchor with washer


Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Stathelle, Norway
Geo-WrapProduct 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.
  • The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. In the event of conflict between the manufacturer’s instructions and this CCMC evaluation, the CCMC evaluation shall govern.
  • The product was evaluated for use against cast-in-place and concrete block foundations, and must cover the foundation wall from the top of the footing to the final grade.
  • Unit masonry walls and concrete walls shall have all holes and recesses sealed with mortar. The product must be installed on surfaces that are clean and dry and free of ice, snow, frost, dust, dirt, oil, grease, cracks, projections and depressions, loose particles and debris.
  • The Class A product is a drainboard manufactured by laminating a geotextile to a dimpled membrane to deliver the transient water, including heavy rainfall, to the footing drain.
  • The product has been evaluated for use in vertical applications in depths up to 3.7 m below grade for Type 2 products. 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 either Subsection 9.14.3., Drainage Tile and Pipe, or 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) light (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 (i.e. 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. The compatibility of the geotextile with the backfilled soil must be investigated on a project-by-project basis if the backfilled soils is a non-cohesive silt (ML) or clay (CL) according to the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS), a uniform fine sand, or any gap-graded soil. Compliance with this Report 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 responsibility of the manufacturer 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 with trims, moulding strips, termination bars or other accessories to prevent soil particles from entering behind the membrane. Overlaps or joints which 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 label and/or packaging must be clearly identified with the following:
    • manufacturer’s name or logo; and
    • the phrase “CCMC 13579-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 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.

Performance requirements

Test results for Geo-Wrap

Property Unit Requirement Result
Compressive strength (initial) kPa ≥ 150 432.4
Dynamic impact resistance (mean failure energy) J ≥ 2.45 7.4
Creep resistance (residual thickness at 25 years/10°C) % ≥ 40% at 25 years/10°C 88.7
Cold bending at –30°C N/A No visible crack No visible crack
Tensile strength at yield kN/m ≥ 8 MD 10.7Table footnote (1)
XD 9.8
elongation at break % ≥ 25 MD 41.8
XD 48.2
anisotropy ratio N/A ≥ 0.5 1.09
Heat aging (for two weeks) oxidation induction time (OIT) after two weeks min 5 14.5Table footnote (2)
dimensional change % ≤ 1 0.3
weight change % ≤ 0.1 0
residual compression strength % ≥ 80 of initial 98.8
creep resistance after heat aging (residual thickness at 25 years/10°C) % ≥ 40% 25 years/10°C 88.6
Resistance to alkaline environment appearance N/A No visible crack No visible crack
residual compression strength % ≥ 80 of initial 101.9
bending resistance N/A No visible crack No visible crack
Geotextile fabric properties grab tensile N ≥ 500 MD 615
XD 584
puncture resistance N ≥ 100 260
trapezoid tear resistance N ≥ 180

MD 268
XD 235

filtration opening size by hydrodynamic sieving µm ≤ 180; Report value 224Table footnote (3)
permittivity s-1 ≥ 0.5; Report value 2.8
UV resistance (retained strength) % retained > 50% after 500 hours MD 95.5
XD 81.2
Hydraulic transmissivity (flow rate) m3/h per m width Min. 1.33 1.64
Geometrical properties orientation of the dimples N/A Report value Diagonal
number of dimples per unit area dimples/m2 Report value 1539
overall thickness mm Report value 5.86
sheet thickness mm Report value 0.58
hollow core thickness mm Report value 5.28
anchorage performance kN/washer Report value 0.63



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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