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The CCMC (Canadian Construction Materials Center) evaluation is a product/system evaluation carried out through the NRC (National Research Council Canada, a governmental research body). It is usually not required, however AL13 is in the process of acquiring our CCMC number (evaluation).

Spec Sheet

a spec sheet (or data sheet) is a document that highlights the performance, standards, and other technical properties of products. Our current spec sheet is always available for download on the website.

note: our spec sheet is in the NMS standard format (National Master Specification, a standard administered by the RAIC, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the national governing body for architects), available for download on the website. We also have a french version available (on website), as well as a US version upon request.


M.S.D.S. = Material Safety Data Sheet.: include general health and safety related information on the product, including composition/makeup, first aid measures, safety precautions, warnings, etc.

For reference - excerpt from the HPA (Hazardous Products Act): As section 13 of the HPA requires a positive action by the transmitter to convey the transmitted document to the recipient, making a MSDS available on the Internet without ensuring that the purchaser is able to access this information does not absolve a supplier of the legal requirement to "transmit" a MSDS as a condition of sale. The use of the Internet to transmit an MSDS would be acceptable if the supplier is able to demonstrate the following:

  • the purchaser has downloaded the complete and correct MSDS, i.e., one that contains all of the required information;
  • the downloading is done at the time of the sale of the controlled product; and
  • the downloaded file is readable. Satisfaction, on the part of the supplier, may be provided through written confirmation, provided to the supplier from the purchaser, specifying that the above conditions have been met.

0.020 Skin

0.020 Skin: Pronounced Oh-two-Oh (not Zero Two Zero) this is the thickness of the Aluminum skin on the ACM panel.

Panel Thickness

3mm – 4mm: ACM panels generally come in these two thicknesses. AL13™ uses a 3mm panel.


ACM: an acronym for aluminum composite material. Double aluminum skin thermo set, polymeric core set under reaction injection molding process. Panels come in a variety of solid, anodized, high gloss, iridescent/pearlescent PVDF finishes, with a P.E. or fire-rated core.


ASTM: International, known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, and systems. AL13™ has 34 tests done to the ASTM standard – please see: Testing.pdf

Architectural Lines

Architectural lines: A phrase used to describe the lines of the Building. AL13™ follows the architectural lines of the building including the windows, doors, and corners.

Building Envelope

Building Envelope: The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and the exterior environments of a building. It serves as the outer shell to help maintain the indoor. Usually this is installed using Tyvek, building paper or some king of waterproof membrane.


Blueskin: Blueskin Window and Door Flashing is a self-adhering membrane consisting of an SBS rubberized asphalt compound, which is integrally laminated to a blue-engineered film. The membrane is specifically designed to be self-adhered to a prepared substrate.


C.A.D: Computer-aided design. Generic term referring to a CAD program, design software used by architects and engineers.

Cap Flashing

Cap Flashing: A specific flashing installed on top of a flat roof, or parapet to weatherproof the buildings envelope.


CCMC: The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) offers a national evaluation service for all types of innovative building construction materials, products, systems and services. Operating within the National Research Council's Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC), CCMC evaluations are supported by the latest technical research and expertise and are based on the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada or Provincial/Territorial Building Codes. CCMC-evaluated products are used in commercial and residential buildings. More at:

Ceramic Core

Ceramic Core: The core of the ACM panel is made of ceramic giving it a non combustible fire rating.

Commercial Property

Commercial property includes office buildings, industrial property, medical centers, hotels, malls, retail stores, shopping centers, farm land, multifamily housing buildings, warehouses, and garages. In many states, residential property containing more than a certain number of units qualifies as commercial property.

End Dam

End Dam: A specific flashing installed with the ends bent up 1” on each end to crate a dam so water cannot flow back into the building – End dams are becoming code in most regions.

Envelope Engineering

Envelope Engineering: Envelope engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis of water management for buildings to ensure they can breath and not leak.

External Insulation

External Insulation: The insulation for the building is installed on the exterior of the framing, usually in commercial or multi-family applications. This is done so as to thermally bridge the structure ie: to keep the concrete or structure warm to bring down heating costs.


Extruding is a process used to create objects of a fixed profile. A material is pushed or drawn through a die of the desired profile. The two main advantages of this process over other manufacturing processes are its ability to create very complex profiles.


Facade: The outermost part of the wall, i.e. our system


Faceted: Refers to the flat faces on geometric shapes. Architectural example; a curved wall may be faceted (or segmented) into a series of flat panels to achieve to curve, instead of curving the panel itself.


Fascia: A flat horizontal band of facade separating the main building facade from the roof, usually found directly above the soffit.

Fire Rated

Fire rated: A fire-resistance rating typically means the duration for which a passive fire protection system can withstand a standard fire resistance test. This can be quantified simply as a measure of time, or it may entail a host of other criteria, involving other evidence of functionality or fitness for purpose.


Flashing: Bent metal installed above any opening into the building to weatherproof the buildings envelope.

Glazing Tape

Glazing Tape: (3M VHB): Is a highly advanced tape used in the architectural industry. It is strong enough to be considered a mechanical fastener. or see Tape.pdf


L.E.E.D.: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. See for more.

Lineal Foot

Lineal Foot: Generally used to refer to a price per length, in feet, of product.

Mixed-Use Property

Mixed-Use Property: Mixed-use development is the use of a building, set of buildings, or neighborhood for more than one purpose. Often located in existing urban areas or as part of a new town center, mixed-use development provides a range of commercial and residential unit sizes and options.

Multi Family Property

Multi-family: Is a classification of housing where multiple separate housing units for residential inhabitants are contained within one building or several buildings within one complex.

National Account

National Accounts: We refer to national accounts as any customer that has more then one regional or national building in which AL13™ can be installed on ie: McDonald's, Walmart, and car dealerships.


Non-combustible: Means it is not Capable of igniting and burning when introduced to fire or intense heat.

Non-Ferrous Blade

Non-Ferrous Blade: A non ferrous blade is used to cut any metals other than iron and alloys that do not contain an appreciable amount of iron.


On The wall Cost (OTWC): Industry jargon referring to the total cost of a product including installation.


Parapet: any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.

P.E. Core

PE Core: The standard core material for our ACM panels. P.E. refers to Polyethylene a thermoplastic polymer, designates the type of plastic.

Powder Coating

Powder Coating: Is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under 400 degrees of heat for 20 min to allow it to flow and form a "skin". The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.


PPG: Architectural coatings under the PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Olympic, PPG Porter, Monarch, and Lucite brands, this unit produces paints, stains and specialty coatings for commercial, maintenance and residential markets.

P.V.D.F. Coating

PVDF Coating: PVDF coatings (polyvinylidene fluoride) / Kynar® is a chemical resistant thick film barrier. This coating is unaffected by most chemicals and solvents and has excellent wear and abrasion resistance. PVDF coatings also have a high dielectric strength, excellent resistance to weathering and the ability to self extinguish.


Rainscreen: a back-end envelope requirement for wet climates, typically installed on the building wrap comprised of vertical straps typically 2-3 inches wide. The building code requires that rain-screen space the facade out from the wall by 10mm and that the strapping may not take up more than 20% of the wall cross section, allowing for 80% to be open and unimpeded for water drainage. See leaky condo issues for what spawned this part of the code.


Reveal (architectural): Where there is a joint or indentation from the standard facade, AL13™ uses a 1/2” x 3/8” reveal with the vertical and horizontal extrusions.


R&R: Remove and Replace. A term used for renovating a building.

Square Foot (SQFT)

Square Foot: Generally used to refer to a price per one square foot of product.

Single Family Property

Single Family: A single-family detached home, also called a single-detached dwelling or separate house is a freestanding residential building. It is defined in opposition to a multi-family dwelling.


Sip Panel: Structural insulated panels (or structural insulating panels), SIPs, are a composite building material. They consist of an insulating layer of rigid polymer foam sandwiched between two layers of structural board.


Soffit: The underside of the buildings facade.


Spec: Shorthand for specifications or specified in the plans for a building.

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering: Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right. Structural engineers are most commonly involved in the design of buildings and large non-building structures.

Thermal Bridge

Thermal bridge: A thermal bridge, also called a cold bridge, is a fundamental of heat transfer where a penetration of the insulation layer by a highly conductive or non-insulating material takes place in the separation between the interior (or conditioned space) and exterior environments of a building assembly (also known as the building enclosure, building envelope, or thermal envelope)

Thermal Expansion

Thermal Expansion: Thermal expansion is the tendency of matter to change in volume in response to a change in temperature.


Tyvek: A synthetic material that is widely used in the building industry to create the building envelope.

Venting Strip

Venting Strip: A perforated metal strip installed in the soffit area to allow for moisture to escape

Vapor Barrier

Vapor barrier: A vapor barrier is often used to refer to any material for damp proofing, typically a plastic or foil sheet, that resists diffusion of moisture through wall, ceiling and floor assemblies of buildings and of packaging. Technically, many of these materials are only vapor retarders as they have varying degrees of permeability.

Wind Load

Wind Load: Wind loading is the result of wind blowing on the building and are created when a building experiences two different atmospheric pressures on opposite sides of the building, creating suction on the facade. These pressures can get up to 125 pounds per square foot and possibly more in intense weather conditions.

Wind Load Testing

Wind Load Testing: The design of buildings must account for wind loads, and these are affected by wind shear. Typically, buildings are designed to resist a strong wind with a very long return period, such as 50 years or more. The design wind speed is determined from historical records using Extreme value theory to predict future extreme wind speeds.


Z Girt: A 'Z' shaped metal that is installed on the exterior of a building to create a void in which the external insulation can be installed. The Z Girt also allows the Facade to be installed on top.