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All Wellcraft Egress Window Wells comply with the International Residential Code (IRC) 2006 Egress code for one and two family dwelling. Following are some of the highlights of the IRC 2006 Code (Section R310) as it pertains to windows below ground level. See your local building inspector with questions regarding code requirements in your area.
Sill height of window above floor: Not to exceed 44"
Minimum opening area:
>5.7 sq. ft.
Minimum opening height:
Minimum opening width:
Window Wells/Area Wells:
Required where window opening sill height is below
> 9 sq.ft.
Required on window wells deeper than 44" and must be permanently attached. Ladder may encroach into well up to 6".
Step distance between rungs:
< 18" Rungs: 12" wide or greater and must project a minimum of 3" away from wall but maximum of 6".
Shall be removable without special tools.
Code sponsored by:
The International Code Council (ICC), the Building Officials Code Administration (BOCA), the Uniform Building Codes (UBC), and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI)