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2015 IRC Section 312.2.1

Discussion in 'Residential Building Codes' started by KZQuixote, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. KZQuixote

    KZQuixote Sawhorse

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    This section says "the top of the sill". I believe this to mean the bottom of the opening but I'm having a hard time convincing an inspector that it doesn't mean the top of the stool (interior trim). Do any of you have a supportable opinion?
    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. Rick18071

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  3. KZQuixote

    KZQuixote Sawhorse

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    Thanks Rick,
    I'm pretty sure that whomever composed the language for Sec 312.2.1 didn't intend an inspector to have to measure over an inside stool to find the height of the top of the sloping sill. Additionally, not all window types have a sloping sill at all.
    I don't have a commentary to review, wish I did.
    Bill
     
  4. fatboy

    fatboy Administrator

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    There were several proposal at the Committee Action Hearings in April that will clean up the language, less confusing.
     
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  5. Rick18071

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    But the code does not say window sill, it just says sill.
    sill
    /sil/
    Learn to pronounce
    noun
    1. a shelf or slab of stone, wood, or metal at the foot of a window or doorway.
      • a strong horizontal member at the base of any structure, e.g., in the frame of a motor or rail vehicle.
      • GEOLOGY
        a tabular sheet of igneous rock intruded between and parallel with the existing strata.
     
  6. Paul Sweet

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    Few people outside the construction industry know the difference between a sill and stool. They think a stool is something you sit or stand on, or something you pass.
     
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  7. Rick18071

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    Looks like the code is worrying about the height of the "sill" rather than the window opening. So if the sill is to low just put it above the window or just have drywall and don't put a sill in.
     
  8. Inspector Gift

    Inspector Gift Sawhorse - Made in USA

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    The 2015 IBC is much clearer: It is measured from floor to the opening.

    1030.3 Maximum height from floor. Emergency escape and
    rescue openings shall have the bottom of the clear opening
    not greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) measured from the
    floor.
     
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  9. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    Calling it an opening clears it up I bet!
     
  10. Rick18071

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    Odd that the IRC and the IBC are different with this.
     
  11. Glenn

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    At what point can a human being pass their body through for emergency escape? That is your answer. Sometimes people stare too long at the words.
    As Fatboy stated, this will be fixed in 2021 to help everyone understand that a human cannot pass through a physical object.
     
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