[CCMC 13659-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

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Code compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as an air barrier system for exterior walls of buildings 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
05-01-04-01-00-0-005.1.4.1. Structural and Environmental LoadsAcceptable
05-01-04-02-00-0-005.1.4.2. Resistance to DeteriorationAcceptable
05-02-02-00-00-0-005.2.2. Structural Loads and Design ProceduresAcceptable
05-04-01-00-00-0-005.4.1. Air Barrier SystemsAcceptable
09-25-03-01-00-0-009.25.3.1. Required Barrier to Air LeakageAcceptable
09-25-03-02-01-0-009.25.3.2.(1) Air Barrier System Properties (effective barrier to air infiltration and exfiltration)Acceptable
09-25-03-02-02-0-009.25.3.2.(2) Air Barrier Systems Properties (alternative to 6-mil polyethylene air barrier)Alternative
09-25-03-03-00-0-009.25.3.3. Continuity of the Air Barrier SystemAcceptable
09-27-04-02-00-0-009.27.4.2. ASTM C 920-14 Elastomeric Joint Sealants ...Acceptable
09-27-04-02-00-0-009.27.4.2. ASTM C 920-14 Elastomeric Joint Sealants ...Alternative

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 14-14-310 (13659-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 2014-10-27 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

WALLTITE® CM01 - Air Barrier System

Product description

This evaluation addresses the performance of the product as an air barrier system as specified by BASF Canada. The WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system consists of the following components and accessories:

  • principal material in the plane of airtightness: WALLTITE® CM01 spray polyurethane foam;
  • accessories for continuity:
    • Blue Skin®, a modified bituminous membrane (i.e. peel-and-stick or thermally fused) manufactured by Henry® Company for use as a transition membrane* over construction, control and expansion joints, at junctions between different assemblies and at penetrations; and
    • MasterSeal® NP1™ by BASF Canada and Polybitume 570-05 by Henry® Company sealants, for use at membrane-to-foundation junctions and for use on the interior side around window and door openings; and
  • component for wind load resistance: structural substrate, such as concrete block or exterior gypsum sheathing within a wall designed to withstand the anticipated loads.

If installed as part of the designated air barrier system, WALLTITE® CM01 spray urethane foam serves a dual function in the wall assembly: as the principal plane of airtightness of the designated air barrier system and as exterior insulation. The use of the product as insulation is covered under CCMC 14100-L.

The foam insulation consists of two components:

  • Elastospray® 8000A isocyanate, and
  • a polyurethane resin identified as WALLTITE® CM01.

The two components are mixed on site by an installer approved by BASF Canada to install the product. The resulting product is a Type 2 spray urethane with an assigned long-term thermal resistance value of 1.82 m2×°C/W per 50 mm. If the foam insulation serves as the principal component in the BASF Canada proprietary air barrier system, it must be installed at a minimum thickness and density, which are specified in the Conditions and Limitations section of this evaluation. As per CCMC 14100-L, the finished product is purple.

*The original full-scale testing was carried out with one proprietary transition membrane. Other proprietary membranes are qualified for use by BASF Canada through a small-scale tension test (i.e. WALLTITE® CM01 sprayed specimens over various substrates) to ensure the equivalent adhesion is maintained.

Manufacturing plants

This evaluation is limited to products produced at the following plants:

Product nameManufacturing plants
Blackie, AB, CAToronto, ON, CA
WALLTITE® CM01 - Air Barrier SystemProduct evaluated by the CCMCProduct 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, with a minimum thickness of 25.4 mm (1.0 in) of WALLTITE® CM01 spray urethane at a 39 kg/m3 density, has demonstrated sufficiently low air permeance with an air leakage rating of A1 (less than 0.05 L/s×m2×Pa at 75 Pa reference ΔP) when tested in accordance with CAN/ULC-S742-11, “Air Barrier Assemblies - Specification.” This air leakage conforms to the permissible air leakage rate in the Results of testing the air leakage rate of the product table of this evaluation for the outermost layer of the exterior wall assembly. The WVP of this product at a 25.4 mm thickness is approximately 55 ng/(Pa×s×m2).
  • In the above-mentioned specified steel stud construction, the product has demonstrated, as outlined below, sufficient strength to resist wind loads so it can be used in the following height of buildings in geographical locations where:
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 450 Pa (1-in-50-year wind pressure return period found in Appendix C of the NBC 2015), for a maximum building height of 60 m;
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 850 Pa, for a maximum building height of 20 m;
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 1 000 Pa, for a maximum building height of 12 m;
    • the maximum deflection recorded for the steel stud assembly was 5.33 mm for a gust wind load of ± 1 630 Pa.
  • In the above-mentioned specified concrete block construction, the product has demonstrated, as outlined below, sufficient strength to resist wind loads so it can be used in the following height of buildings in geographical locations where:
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 650 Pa (1-in-50-year wind pressure return period found in Appendix C of the NBC 2015), for a maximum building height of 120 m;
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 750 Pa, for a maximum building height of 80 m;
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 850 Pa, for a maximum building height of 40 m;
    • the wind pressure Q50 ≤ 1 000 Pa, for a maximum building height of 20 m;
    • the maximum deflection recorded for the steel stud assembly was – 1.83 mm for a gust wind load of ± 2 560 Pa.
  • To provide the air leakage control and strength in the field, the product must be installed conforming to the limits above and installed in the field by Caliber-certified installers/contractors according to the Master Specification WALLTITE® CM01 - Spray Polyurethane Foam (HFO) Insulation/Air Barrier Material dated April 13, 2021, which contains construction details that must be followed. Caliber must conduct the necessary follow-up inspections to ensure that Caliber-certified contractors are performing the necessary field quality control (e.g. transition membrane application, membrane adhesion/pull testing before spraying, sealant application before spraying, spray foam as per CAN/ULC S705.2-05, “Thermal Insulation – Spray Applied Rigid Polyurethane Foam, Medium Density – Application”). All results must be recorded on the Caliber daily worksheet for the WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system.
  • A copy of the installation instructions must be available on the job site at all times during the installation for review by building officials. All installers must present their Caliber identification card upon request by the building official.
  • The product must be identified with the manufacturer’s name or logo and the phrase “CCMC 13659-R.”

The product must be installed on-site by BASF Canada-trained installers following the BASF Canada specified product installation manual entitled WALLTITE® CM01 Application Guidelines, and dated November 30, 2020, which contains detailed construction drawings which must be followed (see Specimens tested for qualifying system details of this evaluation for examples). In addition, Caliber carries out follow-up inspections of the installations on a periodic basis.

 

Air barrier system – field quality assurance

When the WALLTITE® CM01 spray urethane is applied as the designated air barrier system, BASF Canada requires that the installer be BASF Canada-trained and that Caliber conduct audits to ensure:

  1. the approved accessories are being used;
  2. proper installation of the transition membrane by conducting periodic tension testing as part of the BASF Canada-specified quality control;
  3. proper continuity details and substrate conformance as part of the quality control procedure for the product;
  4. proper application of the WALLTITE® CM01 spray foam; and
  5. daily work records are maintained for the air barrier system installation.

Insulation – field quality assurance

When the proposed spray polyurethane is applied as spray-foam insulation, the material must be manufactured on site by qualified installers licensed by BASF Canada with field inspections carried out by Caliber. Caliber certifies BASF Canada’s training program and provides follow-up inspections to ensure installations are in accordance with CAN/ULC-S705.2-05, “Standard for Thermal Insulation – Spray Applied Rigid Polyurethane Foam, Medium Density, Installer’s Responsibilities – Specification.”

The product must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation manual. A copy of this manual must be available on the job site at all times during the installation. All installers must present their BASF Canada licensing card and specific site worksheet upon request by the building official.

Note: the BASF Canada field quality assurance program calls for periodic audits of the installers, usually random inspections with some mandatory inspections of larger projects. Building officials may contact BASF Canada (866-474-3538) and request an inspection for a specific job site if they deem it necessary. In cases where the installation is deemed non-conforming by Caliber/BASF Canada and is not remedied by the installer, Caliber/BASF Canada will inform the owner/architect/building official of the non-conforming installation.

See CCMC 14100-L for additional limitations on the installation of the WALLTITE® CM01 spray-foam product.

Elastospray® 8000A isocyanate and the polyurethane resin WALLTITE® CM01 must have their containers (i.e. drums) identified by the phrase “CCMC 13659-R” and “CCMC 14100-L,” respectively.

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-072709.01-15CCCMC Technical Guide for Air Barrier Systems for Exterior Walls of Buildings

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

The results of the air leakage tests conducted on four representative specimens (wall assemblies) are summarized in the "Results of testing the air leakage rate of the product" table below. The original full-scale wall assemblies testing was carried out with WALLTITE® v.3 previously evaluated by the CCMC. The performance resulting from these tests has been deemed applicable to the WALLTITE CM01® air barrier system. 

The durability test results of the ABS components are summarized in the "Results of durability testing of components in the WALLTITE CM01® air barrier system" table below.  WALLTITE® CM01 met the CCMC air permeance durability requirements and is deemed to be an adequate foam for the air barrier system application.

The performance of the product has been tested in accordance with the CCMC Technical Guide for qualification for use as an air barrier system. 

To qualify, a conforming 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.
Table 1. Results of testing the air leakage rate of the product
Type of wall tested RequirementTable footnote (1) (S742 classification) Air leakage rate after wind loadingTable footnote (2) at 75 Pa ΔP Air leakage rate after wind loading at –20°C and at 75 Pa ΔP2
Exterior gypsum/metal stud walls A1 (≤ 0.05 L/s×m2) 0.030 L/(s×m2) 0.042 L/(s×m2)Table footnote (3)
Concrete masonry units A1 (≤ 0.05 L/s×m2) 0.041 L/(s×m2) 0.044 L/(s×m2)Table footnote (3)

For more information on the CCMC Technical Guide requirements and how they relate to the NBC 2015 requirements, please see the IRC Publication, "Air Barrier Systems for Walls of Low-Rise Buildings: Performance and Assessment."

Durability of air barrier system components

Table 3. Results of durability testing of components in the WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system
Component Requirement Result
WALLTITE® CM01 urethane insulation Air permeance before and after aging (ASTM D 726-84): < 10% increase Passed
WALLTITE® CM01 urethane insulation Thermal resistance after heat aging and weathering: 90% retention PassedTable footnote (1)
Transition membrane: Blue Skin SA by Henry® Company Physical properties before and after aging: 85% retention Passed
Sealant at membrane/foundation junctions: Polybitume 570-05 by Henry® Company Complies with CAN/CGSB-37.29-M89 Passed
MasterSeal® NP1™ by BASF Canada Complies with ASTM C 920-14 Passed

 

Specimens tested for qualifying system details 

Specimens tested for qualifying system details

The figures below outline the original full-scale specimens tested with WALLTITE® v.3 spray-urethane, and represent typical construction details to be reproduced in the field as part of the installation of BASF Canada’s current proprietary WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system. The representative specimens tested also contained defects (e.g. mortar missing, missing primer gap, etc.) to verify the sensitivity of the air barrier system to these possible field defects and allow for tolerances. See the WALLTITE® CM01 application guidelines for complete details.

Example of continuity across joints with transition membrane in masonry block infill wall with a steel frame.
Figure 1. Specimen No 1: Example of continuity across joints with transition membrane in masonry block infill wall with a steel frame
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall (not shown)
  2. concrete blocks
  3. steel frame
  4. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane with primer
  5. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane without primer
  6. structural tie
  7. intentional mortar joint defect for testing
  8. measurement of 2438.4 mm (8 ft.) (6 courses of blocks)
  9. measurement of 2438.4 mm (8 ft.) (12 rows of concrete blocks, 152.4 mm × 203.2 mm × 406.4 mm (6 in. × 8 in. × 16 in.)
  10. measurement of 76.2 mm (3 in.) typical

All construction, control or expansion joints in an exterior wall assembly must be bridged by a transition membrane as part of the WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system. 

Example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in masonry block infill wall with a steel frame and at foundation wall.
Figure 2. Specimen No. 2: Example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in masonry block infill wall with a steel frame and at foundation wall
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall (not shown)
  2. concrete blocks
  3. steel frame
  4. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane with primer
  5. window opening
  6. structural tie
  7. concrete footing
  8. galvanized steel duct
  9. steel pipe
  10. electrical conduit
  11. reinforcing ties
  12. brick veneer anchors
  13. measurement of 76.2 mm (3 in.) typical
  14. measurement of 203.2 mm (8 in.)
  15. measurement of 609.6 mm (2 ft.)
  16. measurement of 1219.2 mm (4 ft.)
  17. measurement of 2438.4 mm (8 ft.) (12 rows of concrete blocks, 152.4 mm × 203.2 mm × 406.4 mm (6 in. × 8 in. × 16 in.)

Since the foundation wall is designated as part of the air barrier system in this case, a transition membrane with sealant (see cross-section details) must be sealed to the foundation wall to maintain the continuity of the plane of airtightness. In addition, note that mechanical fasteners for brick veneer and penetrations from electrical wiring, pipes or ducts must be sealed through the use of a transition membrane.

Details of transition membrane at joints between masonry wall and steel frame.
Figure 3. Details of transition membrane at joints between masonry wall and steel frame
  • A: Wall upper section
  • B: Wall lower section
  • C: Wall section
  • D: Opening lower section (wall section)
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall
  2. concrete blocks
  3. steel structure
  4. self-adhesive membrane section with primer 
  5. opening
  6. polymer base caulking strip
  7. 203.2 mm × 254.0 mm (8 in. × 10 in.) concrete footing with reinforcement
  8. 101.6 mm × 101.6 mm (4 in. × 4 in.) galvanized steel duct
  9. 38.1 mm (1½ in.) dia. steel pipe
  10. foam seal gasket
  11. caulking
  12. glass fiber
  13. measurement of 76.2 mm (3 in.)
  14. measurement of 203.2 mm (8 in.)
  15. measurement of 25.4 mm (1 in.)
  16. structural movement
Example of continuity across joints with transition membrane in gypsum and metal stud infill wall with a steel frame.
Figure 4. Specimen No. 3: Example of continuity across joints with transition membrane in gypsum and metal stud infill wall with a steel frame
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall
  2. exterior gypsum board
  3. steel frame
  4. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane with primer
  5. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane without primer
  6. 20 ga. steel stud
  7. 3 in. typical
  8. measurement of 152.4 mm (6 in.)
  9. measurement of 2438.4 mm (8 ft.)
  10. measurement of 609.6 mm (2 ft.)
  11. measurement of 304.8 mm (1 ft.)

All construction, control or expansion joints in an exterior wall assembly must be bridged by a transition membrane as part of the WALLTITE® CM01 air barrier system.

Example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in gypsum and metal stud infill wall and at foundation wall.
Figure 5. Specimen No. 4: Example of continuity across junctions and penetrations in gypsum and metal stud infill wall and at foundation wall
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall
  2. exterior gypsum board
  3. exterior gypsum board
  4. peel-and-stick bituminous membrane with primer
  5. window opening
  6. 20 ga. steel stud
  7. concrete footing
  8. galvanized steel duct
  9. steel pipe
  10. electrical conduit
  11. gypsum panel joint
  12. Dur-o-wall anchor
  13. Bailey brick connector
  14. measurement of 76.2 mm (3 in.) typical
  15. measurement of 609.6 mm (2 ft.)
  16. measurement of 203.2 mm (8 in.)
  17. measurement of 1219.2 mm (4 ft.)
  18. measurement of 2438.4 mm (8 ft.)

Since the foundation wall is designated as part of the air barrier system in this case, a transition membrane with sealant (see cross-section details) must be sealed to the foundation wall to maintain the continuity of the plane of airtightness. In addition, note that mechanical fasteners for brick veneer and penetrations from electrical wiring, pipes or ducts must be sealed through the use of a transition membrane.

Details of transition membrane at joints between exterior sheathing wall and penetrations.
Figure 6. Details of transition membrane at joints between exterior sheathing wall and penetrations
  • A: Wall upper section
  • B: Wall lower section
  • C: Wall section
  • D: Opening lower section
  1. 25.4-mm-thick WALLTITE® v.3 spray urethane foam installed over surface of wall
  2. exterior gypsum board
  3. steel structure
  4. self-adhesive membrane section with primer
  5. 20 ga. steel stud
  6. polymer base caulking strip
  7. 203.2 mm × 254.0 mm (8 in. × 10 in.) concrete footing with reinforcement
  8. 101.6 mm × 101.6 mm (4 in. × 4 in.) galvanized steel duct
  9. 38.1 mm (1½ in.) dia. steel pipe
  10. foam seal gasket
  11. caulking
  12. glass fiber
  13. opening
  14. measurement of 76.2 mm (3 in.)
  15. measurement of 203.2 mm (8 in.)
  16. measurement of 25.4 mm (1 in.)
  17. structural movement

Administrative information

Disclaimer

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.

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