About the CCMC

The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) is a part of the National Research Council of Canada. It offers the construction industry a national evaluation service for innovative non-standardized materials, products, systems and services in all types of construction. CCMC will also evaluate products that are covered under the scope of recognized standards.

CCMC provides an opinion on whether a construction product or system complies to the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada either as an acceptable solution or an alternative solution or a combination of both. Acceptable solutions are those that comply with the code's applicable requirements. The code allows the use of alternative solutions provided demonstration can be made that they achieve at least the minimum level of performance required by the objectives and functional statements attributed to the code's applicable acceptable solutions.

Manufacturers, specifiers and regulators all benefit from the service, which is recognized by all provincial and territorial building regulatory bodies across the country. The Centre provides a valuable reference source for information on new products and systems.

CCMC's clients benefit from NRC's national and international credibility. As part of NRC Construction, the Centre has vital technical support, access to the most up-to-date information on construction technology, and a direct liaison to the Canadian construction regulatory framework, and model national code development.

Close rapport with Canada's National Standards System ensures mutual coordination in standards development and the transfer of products to industry-supported certification programs. The technical staff of the Centre also participates on technical committees of standards development organizations.

History

Building regulations in Canada are under the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, which use the National Model Construction Codes as a basis to establish building regulations in their own jurisdictions.

In the past, this responsibility was generally delegated to the municipalities, many of which passed numerous bylaws specific to their needs. People involved in construction thus found themselves dealing with many variants, which on a national scale posed technical barriers. To reduce those barriers, model construction regulations were developed in 1937, followed by the first official version of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) in 1941. Today, the NBC is used throughout the country as a reference for provincial and territorial building regulations. Greater uniformity of the regulations has paved the way for a common approach to the evaluation of new and innovative products.

In the late 1980s, the provincial regulatory authorities, NRC and the construction industry took part in an extensive joint consultation process that led to the recommendation to establish a national evaluation service, on which building officials across the country could base their decisions on the acceptability of innovative building products.

In response to that recommendation, NRC, in 1988, established the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation, whose main objectives are to support innovation and technology transfer. With members from the regulatory bodies, the industry and the general public, the Commission represents all Canadian interests. It receives administrative, financial and technical support from the CCMC, which is part of NRC Construction.

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