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[CCMC 14123-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

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Compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated product, when used as exterior insulating sheathing for walls that will resist lateral loads caused by wind and earthquakes, and constructed 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
09-23-13-01-00-0- Requirements for Low to Moderate Wind and Seismic ForcesAcceptable
09-23-17-02-00-0- Where wall sheathing is required for the ...Acceptable
09-25-02-02-01-i- Wood Fibre Insulating Boards for BuildingsAcceptable

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

SONOclimat ECO 4

Product description

The product is an insulating fibreboard panel made of 100% recyclable wood fibre conforming to CAN/ULC-S706-09, “Wood Fibre Insulating Boards for Buildings,” Type II, Class 3, Grade 1 or Type II, Class 4, Grade 1. It is manufactured in 38-mm-thick boards (which consist of three boards of 12.7 mm glued together) that are 1 220 mm wide and either 2 440 mm or 2 750 mm long with an average density of 265 kg/m3. The product is covered with an acrylic finish on two faces of the board. The product is installed as part of wall assemblies to provide exterior insulation to light-frame construction of walls in accordance with the NBC 2015.

insulating fiberboard panel

Figure 1. SONOclimat ECO4

Manufacturing plant

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

Product nameManufacturing plant
Louiseville, QC, CA
SONOclimat ECO 4Product 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 is permitted for use in construction where a wall assembly must resist lateral loads caused by wind and earthquakes.
  • The product applies in locations where the seismic spectral response acceleration, Sa(0.2), is not more than 0.70 and the 1-in-50 hourly wind pressure is less than 0.80 kPa.
  • The board must be fastened with common nails or screws at 150 mm on centre (o.c.) along the perimeter and at 304 mm o.c. along intermediate supports, penetrating a minimum of 30 mm into the woodframe studs and plates.
  • The product must not be used as a finish and must always be covered by a sheathing membrane and cladding.
  • The installation of the product must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The product packaging (per bundle) must be identified with:
    • the name and logo of the manufacturer; and
    • the phrase “CCMC 14123-R.”

  Technical information

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

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-061710.02-15CCMC Technical Guide for Composite Fibreboard Sheathing for Braced Walls to Resist Lateral Loads

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.

Table 1. Dimensional tolerances
Property Unit Requirement Result
LengthTable footnote (1) mm/m +0 to –5 –0.966
WidthTable footnote (1) mm/m +0 to –5 –0.245
SquarenessTable footnote (2) mm/m ≤ 2 0.0
ThicknessTable footnote (2) % ± 6 –1.03
Table 2. Physical tolerancesTable footnote footnote (1)
Property Unit Requirement Result
Transverse load at rupture N ≥ 70 1 282
Tensile strength parallel to surface kPa ≥ 1 000 1 946
Water absorption % ≤ 7.0 2.2
Linear expansion @ 50% to 90% RH % ≤ 0.5 0.18
Density kg/m3    ≥ 265Table footnote footnote (2) 266
Water vapour permeance (dry cup) ng/(Pa·s·m2) ≥ 287 1 480
Thermal resistance for 25.0 mm (RSI) (m2·°C/W) 0.410 0.463Table footnote footnote (3)
Performance requirements
Table 3. Racking load test in accordance with ASTM E72Table footnote footnote (1)
Property Units Average results
Ultimate load kN 14.24Table footnote footnote (2)
Shear resistance kN/m   5.83Table footnote footnote (2)
Failure load (0.8 ultimate load) kN  11.39Table footnote footnote (2)
Deformation at 3.5 kN Real mm  4.5Table footnote footnote (3)
Residual mm   1.53Table footnote footnote (3)
Deformation at 7.0 kN Real mm  14.81Table footnote footnote (3)
Residual mm   5.52Table footnote footnote (3)
Deformation at 10.5 kN Real mm  35.18Table footnote footnote (3)
Residual mm  17.11Table footnote footnote (3)
Deformation at ultimate load mm 106.91Table footnote footnote (3)
Deformation at 0.8 ultimate load mm  43.21Table footnote footnote (3)

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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