[CCMC 13611-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 dampproofing for basement walls in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, complies with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

Code provision Solution type
9.13.2. DampproofingAlternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 13-04-295 (13611-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 2013-02-21 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:

SITEDRAIN E-50 Sheet Drain

Product description

The product is a black, polypropylene, dimpled sheet membrane with a flat tab on one side. The product is designed to be wrapped around foundation walls with the raised dimples placed against the wall to provide an air gap between the concrete wall and the adjacent soil. The product is available in rolled sheets that are 8 mm thick, 20 m long and up to 2.45 m wide.

the figures below show illustrations of the product.

Black, inverted dimpled, polypropylene sheet.
Figure 1. SITEDRAIN E-50 Sheet Drain
Computer-aided designs of a grey washer and anchor.
Figure 2. Washer and anchor

Manufacturing plant

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

  • Monroe, North Carolina, United States

  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, which can be installed on a vertical wall up to a depth of 3.7 m. Application depths greater than 3.7 m are considered to be outside the scope of this evaluation.
  • The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation manual dated November 12, 2012.
  • The product was evaluated for use against cast-in-place and concrete block foundations only. The product must cover the foundation wall from the top of the footing to the final grade.
  • The product must be used in locations where the foundation wall is well drained in accordance with Subsection 9.14.2., Foundation Drainage, of Division B of the NBC 2015.
  • The product is a dimpled membrane drainage system designed to act as a protective layer or a capillary breaking layer against the foundation wall to protect the wall from transient or intermittent water that may come in contact with the surface of the wall.
  • The product must be protected from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight within a maximum of 30 days of its installation.
  • Long-term performance of the drainage system will depend on local conditions such as the soil type, hydrogeology of the site, mineralogy and presence of microorganisms in the soil (e.g., iron ochre), as well as compatibility of the filter with the soil, among other considerations. This evaluation does not free the project from requiring proper engineering design of the drainage system.
  • 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.
  • Pattern and spacing of anchors must be designed to consider site-specific issues such as the type of soil and how it will interact with the product, as well as the backfilling method used.
  • The product label and/or packaging must be clearly identified with the manufacturer’s name or logo and “CCMC 13611-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-071119.01-15CCMC Technical Guide for Foundation Wall Dampproofing Systems – Dimpled Membranes


The Report Holder has submitted technical documentation for the CCMC 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 properties of the product
Property Unit Requirement Result
Compressive strength (initial) kPa ≥ 150 392.9
Dynamic impact resistance (mean failure energy) J ≥ 2.45 3
Creep resistance (residual thickness at 25 years/10°C) % ≥ 40% at 25 years/10°C 93.9
Cold bending at -30°C N/A No visible crack No visible crack
Tensile strength at yield kN/m ≥ 8 MD 10.4, XDTable footnote (1) 9.9
elongation at break % ≥ 25 MD 46.5, XD 43.4
Heat agingTable footnote (2) dimensional change dimensional % ≤ 1 MD –02, XD –0.1
weight change ≤ –0.1 0
residual compression strength ≥ 80 of initial 109
Resistance to alkaline environment appearance N/A No visible crack No visible crack
Resistance to alkaline environment residual compression strength % ≥ 80 of initial 93
Resistance to alkaline environment cold bending at -30°C N/A No cracks at room temperature No visible crack
Geometrical properties orientation of dimples Report value Square MD/XD
number of dimples per unit area Dimples/m2 Report value 1 575
overall thickness mm Report value 7.8
sheet thickness Report value 0.5
hollow core thickness ≥ 5 7.3
Anchorage performance kN/anchor Report value 0.52

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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