BC-Minimum finish requirement for basement

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Posted by: from Vernon
5/15/2020 at 8:33:37 PM

I'm looking to build a 2 1/2 story house.

ICF 1/2 in 1/2 out basement.

I'd like to leave the basement as unfinished as possible, and finish it in a few years if I decide to rent it out.

What is the minimum finish required to typically get an occupancy permit for the completely finished 1st and 2nd stories?


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Date/Time5/17/2020 at 1:26:27 PM

It's a basic Code requirement to apply a protective finish over foamed plastic insulation - typically 1/2" gypsum wallboard. This is a rule that would likely not be relaxed.

It's also a Code requirement for interior finishes in homes to have a surface flame spread rating of not more than 150; however exceptions may be given when the basement and other minor areas are unfinished at the time of occupancy.

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Kevin in Vernon
Date/Time5/17/2020 at 3:06:46 PM

Darn, not the answer I was hoping for. I wanted to leave open studs without any electrical running in them.

Thank you very much!

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Chris from KP Construction in Toronto
Date/Time5/21/2020 at 1:39:29 PM

You won't be able to obtain occupancy with open studs on the main levels.


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