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What is the minimum size for a basement egress window?

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.

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Also question is, what size is an egress window?

For determining egress window sizes and placement, the International Building Code holds that every bedroom must contain at least one egress window. It must be at least 5.7 square feet, that is at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches high, with an opening no higher than 44 inches from the floor.

Likewise, how deep does an egress window well need to be? Egress wells must accommodate the full opening of the egress window. The bottom area must be 9-feet square. The dimensions can be no less than 36x36-inches. A ladder or steps must be permanently placed if the well is deeper than 44-inches.

Just so, do I need a egress window in my basement?

An egress window is typically mandatory in a finished basement. This means that you'll need to have a window large enough to provide entry or exit in an emergency situation. Typically, you'll be required to also have an egress well for the window, with an attached ladder or steps to get people out quickly and easily.

How big does a basement bedroom window have to be?

Building codes require a basement bedroom has a window for fire escape purposes. At a minimum the bottom of the window must be no more than 44 inches from the floor and that the actual opening be a minimum of 20 inches wide and 24 inches high.

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