Inspector wont pass my framing for roof venting problem. I have air flow and adequate venting. what is my option if I dsiagree with him?
Attic ventilation became more complex under the current Code as additional requirements were introduced for fire safety.
Non-vented soffits are now required if the edge of the soffit is less than 1.2 m from the property line, in which case roof vents need to be added to the lower parts of the roof to satisfy the Code requirement for venting to be evenly distributed with vents at both top and bottom of the roof. Unfortunately this conflicts with requirements for ice dam protection at the bottom of the roof.
not sure if yours is a situation where perhaps non-compliant attic ventilation was passed previously (by another inspector); some inspectors are simply much more picky than others.
I would be interested to know more about the story and where the disagreement lies. There is no provision in the Code (at least in Alberta) that talks about a disagreement like yours. If you can't work it out with your inspector, choices may include getting an opinion from another inspector, a supervisor, seeking clarification from the Provincial authorities, or an independent consultant knowledgeable in Code.
In most cases it's best to agree to disagree and do what the inspector asks. If you are convinced you are right you will need to get an engineer's stamp of approval this way the city has no choice but to pass your inspection. A lot of cases it cost more for the engineer then to rectify the issue. Good luck
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