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Old 01-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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What is the building code that addresses the number of entry/exit openings from a bedroom. This room is located on the lower level of a split level house where there is a walkout basement. One wall of the bedroom is an exterior wall with a doublehung window. Another wall has a stairway on it's other side. A third wall is below grade and has solid concrete floor to ceiling. The last wall has a door into a 5 foot long hallway leading to a room with windows and a door to the outside and a door to the ground level garage.

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That window needs to be so many square feet or a minimal open measurement. Check local fire code.

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http://www.truss-frame.com/window-egress.html
Local codes may differ.
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That differs then our code here in Canada
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I can't say that I understood exactly what you have there but, If there is a door to the outside you do not need to make a window comply with egress as the door already does that.

Is that the question?

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I can't say that I understood exactly what you have there but, If there is a door to the outside you do not need to make a window comply with egress as the door already does that.

Is that the question?

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You sure do here. And the window has to be like at least a 3- 4 w/ half of it opening, and a 32" door.
(unless the door is actually a door to the outside, which isn't this case).
(though I'll be honest I don't know what egress is).

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As I understand the OP the stairs are on the other side of the wall
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But do the stairs go directly to the outside or what?

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Sounds like the only door goes into another room with windows and a door.
Er rather a hallway with a door.

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The way I read it it is a standard bedroom with a double hung window and a doorway which is off a hallway.
The window needs to be fire egress.
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It would depend on what building code your municipality has adopted. Typically, since the door does not lead directly to the outside, there is a requirement for a second means of egress. That would be the window. There is a minimum square foot dimension for the opening when the window is in the fully opened position and a minumum linear dimension of the opening measured at it's narrowest point. There is also a maximum height from floor to sill. You need to find out which code you must follow.
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You put me on the right track. I'll check about a second egress. Thanks Maintenance 6.
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Thank you AndyGump. The stairs are on the other side of one of the bedroom walls of this splitlevel house. There a 36" wide door opening to a 36" wide hallway 6 foot long. The hall leads to a room with 2 doors and 2 doublehung windows on the outside wall.
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Thank you AndyGump. The stairs are on the other side of one of the bedroom walls of this splitlevel house. There a 36" wide door opening to a 36" wide hallway 6 foot long. The hall leads to a room with 2 doors and 2 doublehung windows on the outside wall.
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I am trying to avoid constructing an other door into this bedroom. Looks like if the window is the proper egress I can . Thanks for your read.

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