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Egress window sill height

Discussion in 'Residential Building Codes' started by alaskajoe, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. alaskajoe

    alaskajoe Registered User

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    I have a sill height of 44" but code says clear opening is where the measurement is taken. With the bottom rail the clear opening is 46". Would a 12" deep by 4" tall step for the full width of the window be acceptable. I would have it solidly affixed to the floor and wall. I realize anything can be removed at any time in the future but on inspection it would meet the intent of the code.
     
  2. Rick18071

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    Put a step below it on the interior.
     
  3. Inspector Gift

    Inspector Gift Sawhorse - Made in USA

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    Our code states the 44" is "measured from the "floor". We would not accept a step. However, we have accepted raised floor areas (ie., landings) that are as wide as the window opening, and at least 36" deep
     
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  4. my250r11

    my250r11 Sawhorse

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    If you have the 5.7 sf. and 20" W by 24" H clear opening you still meet the minimum. The grade floor openings have the exc. to only have 5.0 sf of opening.
     
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  5. Ty J.

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    This is our interpretation as well. A step does not constitute a floor area.
     
  6. Ty J.

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    Huh?

    R310.2.2 Window Sill Height
    Where a window is provided as the emergency escape and rescue opening, it shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the floor; where the sill height is below grade, it shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2.3.
     
  7. my250r11

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    I fixed it.;)
     
    #7 my250r11, Aug 15, 2019
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