Learn about Egress Window Code Requirements and get window style ideas for these sometimes difficult-to-fit openings.
Basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth story of a house must have at least one “emergency escape and rescue opening,” according to the International Building Code (IRC). This could be a skylight or patio door, but more often than not it is an Egress Window. Egress Windows must be large enough for you to escape as well as for emergency personnel to enter.
The area and clearance specifications for Egress Windows are outlined below:
Not only do Egress Windows provide an escape route, but these windows eliminate the “dungeon feeling” that many, if not most, basements have. Even finished basements can have stale air and rely heavily on artificial lighting. With Egress Windows, you can reclaim your basement space with natural light!
Stairs may become blocked or damaged during a fire. To avoid such perilous situations the IRC requires a safe means of egress in all basements that are partially or entirely used as living space. Even if you do not have somebody living in the basement, Egress Windows are a great additional escape route in the event the upstairs emergency exits are compromised.
Make sure you understand the rules of Egress Windows when building new or remodeling. The extra time and money will ensure that your house is code-compliant and that your family is safe in an emergency. Or call Green Eco Solutions today for a free estimate and expert home remodeler put onto your job.
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