Your BASEMENT is not complete without a EGRESS WINDOW!
Here is why:
REQUIRED FOR ADDING LIVABLE SPACE IN THE BASEMENT
INCREASES THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME $$$
For those looking to finish off the basement by adding a new family room or bedroom, an egress system is a must. In the event of a fire or emergency, family members need to have the ability to escape and be safe. Egress windows are large enough to allow escapability while providing natural light in a normally dark room. This provides a long-lasting comfort, so you can know your family is safe.
WHAT TO KNOW:
Does a basement egress window have to be in the bedroom?
Yes. Egress windows (or doors) are required in every habitable space. Especially in any room used for sleeping purposes, it will require its own egress window. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room, or finish a separate living space in the basement, the code requires that you install an egress window to serve these spaces. Without a means of egress, these rooms can represent a dangerous fire trap if you do not have a quick and easy to operate emergency egress escape window, thus cannot be declared as livable space. If you have a basement that has a bedroom, recreation room, den, family room, media room, office, or home gym. All of these rooms are required to have a means of egress per building code.
Basement Egress Window Requirements
The bottom of the egress window opening can’t exceed 44” from the finished floor.
The minimum opening area of the egress window is 5.7 square feet.
The minimum egress window opening height is 24” high.
The minimum egress window opening is 20” wide.
The egress window must have a glass area of not less than 8% of the total floor area of room(s) for which it is servicing, to allow the minimum amount of sufficient natural light.
The egress window must have a opening area of not less than 4% of the total floor area of room(s) for which it is servicing, to allow the minimum amount of natural ventilation.
Multiple windows can be used to service a single area where one window does not meet these percentages of total floor area. If the totaled amounts from this combination of windows meet or exceed the 8% for natural light and 4% for natural ventilation.
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