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joeca603

07:42PM | 02/10/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
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My dad submitted plans to our citys building and safety dept. for a permit to extend our house. one of the corrections on the plan was for a 35"x47" bedroom window 44" from the finished floor. (Only information shown on the plan) "PROVIDE CODE REQ'S FOR ESC. WINDOW" was written beside it.My question is, how do we fix this, what exactly does the architect expect to see on the plans. CBC code?, type of framing?, header height? mfg rating of the window?

Piffin

06:57PM | 02/12/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Any bedroom must have what is refered to as an egress window. The clear openning must have a sill no higher than 44" from finished floor and an openning size stipulated by codes with a min width, height and sq ft. my memory cues on 5.2 sq ft but you can google egress or get this from the wondow manufacturer. All my window catalouges have the egress sizes denoted with an asterisk or similarly noted.

Some jurisdictions have a slightly smaller size OKed for first floor windows within a certain distance off the ground.

The purpose of these window sizes is two fold. One, Of course, is to make for easy egress for occupants in case of a fire. The other is to alow firefighters ingress with their full gear and airpacks to search and rescue occupants. Your building officials are doing their job to make sure that you willuse the right window size to potentially save your life.

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joeca603

09:58AM | 02/13/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
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Thank You for taking the time to respond .. in california the cbc code states 5.7sqft openable area. now my question is.. How exactly do we write this on the plan to show that it complies with the code, and that we are aware of it. Obviously 35"x47" isnt enough details.

Piffin

11:25AM | 02/13/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
right 5.7 ft it is.

But a 3547 may not be an egress window. If it is a double hung, a Marvin would need to be a sah opening of 36" x 4'10" to qualify, for instance. I am unsure whether the dims you show on plan are for RO, Sash size, nominal Glass size, or what, so the plans reviewer is probably also unsure. It is the clear openning that he needs to know. The best way to be sure what he found unacceptable is to call him for clarification.

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joeca603

12:02AM | 02/15/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
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thank you that gives me a little more understanding
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