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Basement egress window options ( size inside)


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02-25-16, 07:28 AM   #1  
Basement egress window options ( size inside)

I am wondering if casement windows are my best choice to meet egress code. I removed the trim and the dimensions from the boxed studs are 30W x 40 3/4H exact ( I realize I'll want to come in at least 1/2 H & W )

I am not a huge fan of the look of casement windows especially seeing all the other windows on the house are the standard hung windows. My friend said with double hung windows the whole area top and bottom can be counted as an opening but I have my doubts about that.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

 
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02-25-16, 09:19 AM   #2  
Certain windows are rated for egress. For example, an Andersen CX135 meets code where I live. Check with local sales people & the building dept.

 
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02-25-16, 09:49 AM   #3  
In my area.... each building inspector has slightly different requirements and preferences.
Check with him for what he requires too.


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02-25-16, 10:22 AM   #4  
No way the entire opening counts on a double hung unless your inspector is on drugs.

 
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02-25-16, 10:33 AM   #5  
Thanks, i'm gonna take a trip to home depot to see whats available. I think I will most likely have to go with a casement type window if I don't want to have to create a larger opening.

Xsleeper, yeah I'm gonna have to go with you on this one. I think my buddy was misinformed.

 
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02-25-16, 10:43 AM   #6  
Here's an example of what most codes will be like.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...0hjNuWNxB_yhDQ

DH's still require 5.7 sq ft clear. Thats a big DH.

 
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02-25-16, 11:11 AM   #7  
Yeah, double hung is def a no go. The casements will work and It probably wont look bad actually because there are two windows so I could have one open to the the right and one open to the left.

 
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