This week, we’re going to correct a common myth – and maybe put some cash back in your wallet in the process.
Many people believe that if you have an attached garage on a home that you must install fire-rated drywall between the garage and the house.
The National Building Code of Canada (2010 edition, as used in this province) says otherwise: there is an exemption for garages attached to houses when that house is used for a residential occupancy. That’s a fancy way of saying that as long as people are living in the house, no fire separation is required.
Given that fire-rated drywall is more expensive than the regular drywall (almost double for 1/2 drywall, 66 per cent increase for 5/8" material), that might add up to a decent saving.
Now, if you have an attached garage there are some details you need to tend to, such as
- Doors leading from the garage to living areas (including basements) must have an air-tight seal/.
- Doors leading to living areas must automatically close.
- The garage must be sealed from the rest of the house with vapour barrier.
The requirement for fire-rated drywall remains for garages attached to homes or buildings used for other purposes, like a dentist’s office, hairdressing salon and the like.