Useful Basement Egress Windows
If you’re looking to add finished space to your basement (maybe you want a bedroom, recreation room, exercise room etc.) building codes will require you to add basement egress windows. Basement egress windows are windows that have one primary function: to allow for an escape from a basement room or space. These windows are essential for planning any basement living space or recreational or “finished” basement. Basement egress windows often constitute the only fire safety exits for an underground space. Homeowners and other property owners often install basement egress windows for multiple reasons other than the main purpose of providing exits. Windows in a basement space allow for natural light that makes the space more enjoyable. These windows can also help in the dispersal of potentially harmful elements like radon or noxious gases or smells.
Basement egress windows are often part of a building code. They are especially important if a building owner wants to rent out a basement space, which usually comes with a significantly reduced monthly rent by square footage because of the inherent problems with living below ground. Basement egress windows are subject to specific code requirements: industry reports indicate they must be at least 5.7 square feet in area, to allow for a firefighter with equipment to enter.