Using evaluation reports
CCMC Evaluation Reports have been prepared to provide construction specialists, such as professional designers and building regulators, with important technical information on the use of construction materials, equipment, or systems. The Reports contain CCMC's opinion on the acceptability of a product or its compliance to a Code, but the final approval of a product rests with the authority having jurisdiction.
Evaluated to the 2010 and 2005 Building Codes
After the indexing information and key data regarding the product name, each Report contains four standard numerically indexed sections, and the proponent's name and location, and manufacturing location follow at the end of the Report.
Section 1, Opinion, provides a statement of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) that the product serves a particular function and is compliant with the conditions and limitations stated in the Report, complies with the NBC 2010 or 2005 (or other Code). This opinion is based on CCMC's evaluation of the technical evidence provided by the Report Holder.
Section 2, Description, provides a brief description of the product and its accessories, which should include nominal dimensions, nominal mass/density, specific attributes and a diagram, if applicable.
Section 3, Conditions and Limitations, provides guidance on the acceptable usages and limitations of the product that formed the basis of the opinion in Section 1. It may also include a minimum level of qualification or expertise required for the installation of the product.
Section 4, Technical Evidence, sets out the nature of the technical evidence required by the CCMC to enable it to evaluate a product as an acceptable or alternative solution in compliance with the NBC 2010 or 2005 (or other Code). This section includes information on the testing results conducted at an independent laboratory recognized by the CCMC, as well as the result of that testing. It will include statements on the testing and/or engineering analysis performed for the product evaluation to show compliance with the NBC 2010 or 2005 (or other Code).
This section may include additional health and safety data identified by third parties and additional performance data requested by the Report Holder. This extra data does not form part of CCMC's opinion in Section 1.
Evaluated to the 1995 Building Codes
After the indexing information and key data regarding the product name, proponent's name and location, and manufacturing location, each Report contains five standard numerically indexed sections.
Section 1, Purpose of Evaluation, concisely states the product's intended use and the reason why it has been evaluated. Often, the reason is to determine its conformance to the intent of a building code or standard and/or to confirm the manufacturer's claims on the performance of the product.
Section 2, Opinion, provides a brief statement by the CCMC about the compliance of the product to a related CCMC Technical Guide. It also provides a statement on the performance of the product with respect to its intended use and to its equivalency to specific requirements of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and/or provincial codes.
Section 3, Description, gives a summary of the characteristics of the product to help readers understand its use and how to recognize it. Illustrations may be included to help interpret the use of the product.
Section 4, Usage and Limitations, provides guidance on suggested uses, including limitations, that formed the basis of the opinion in Section 2.
Section 5, Performance, describes the technical basis of the evaluation, including a summary of the evaluation criteria and the corresponding test results.
To obtain more information on how to have a product evaluated by the CCMC, contact:
Canadian Construction Materials Centre
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
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