Collection: Egress Windows

Redi-Exit proudly manufactures egress windows to assure an alternative way out of any building if a commonly used exit is blocked during an emergency.

Our windows are easy to use at any age as they can be opened with the push of a simple release knob. They also all meet IRC dimension requirements. The clear opening is at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches high, with a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet for basement egress windows, or 5 square feet for ground floor windows. The window sills are no more than 44 inches above the floor, with 42 inches as the target height.

Our egress window styles include the following:

  • Standard Double Hunt Window: Our cost-effective base model, which requires large sizes to meet IRC standards
  • Casement Outswing Window: The perfect easy-to-use option for wide windows and window wells
  • Standard 48″ Sliding Basement Window: Sturdy option for 3 1/4″ jamb depth
  • Egress 48″ Sliding Basement Window: Meets Energy Star requirements and comes with a 10-year warranty
  • Single Hung In-swing Window: Dual function option, perfect for compact window wells
  • Casement In-swing Window: Our smallest option to fit IRC requirements, which comes with a 20-year warranty

Egress windows are a great way to bring natural light into your home, particularly for finished basements. They are specifically designed for emergency exit purposes and must adhere to standards that building codes require. Egress window installation allows for more living space, allows fresh air, and adds value to both new and older homes. Be sure that you or your contractor adheres to international residential code irc when installing an egress window.

Which windows are most popular? Our Casement In-Swing and Single Hung In-Swing are our most popular egress windows. Contractors like the 8" jamb on the Casement In-Swing while many people enjoy the use of the lower sash on the Single Hung In-Swing.

Our egress windows pair well with our egress wells to allow more natural light and living space especially in finished basements. Our Compact Single Hung In Swing Egress Window allows the bottom sash to open for fresh air without the need to swing the window inwards. It meets egress window requirements and can be installed in new or older homes. Please see below for the current IRC code on egress windows.

SECTION R310 EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE OPENINGS

R310.1 Emergency escape and rescue opening required.

Basements, habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have not less than one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, an emergency escape and rescue opening shall be required in each sleeping room. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a public way, or to a yard or court having a minimum width of 36 inches (914 mm) that opens to a public way.

Exceptions:

1. Storm shelters and basements used only to house mechanical equipment not exceeding a total floor area of 200 square feet (18.58 m2).

2. Where the dwelling unit or townhouse unit is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section P2904, sleeping rooms in basements shall not be required to have emergency escape and rescue openings provided that the basement has one of the following:

2.1. One means of egress complying with Section R311 and one emergency escape and rescue opening.

2.2. Two means of egress complying with Section R311.

3. A yard shall not be required to open directly into a public way where the yard opens to an unobstructed path from the yard to the public way. Such path shall have a width of not less than 36 inches (914 mm).

R310.1.1 Operational constraints and opening control devices.

Emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge. Window opening control devices and fall prevention devices complying with ASTM F2090 shall be permitted for use on windows serving as a required emergency escape and rescue opening and shall be not more than 70 inches (178 cm) above the finished floor.

R310.2 Emergency escape and rescue openings.

Emergency escape and rescue openings shall have minimum dimensions in accordance with Sections R310.2.1 through R310.2.4.

R310.2.1 Minimum size.

Emergency escape and rescue openings shall have a net clear opening of not less than 5.7 square feet (0.530 m2).

Exception: The minimum net clear opening for grade-floor emergency escape and rescue openings shall be 5 square feet (0.465 m2).

R310.2.2 Minimum dimensions.

The minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24 inches (610 mm). The minimum net clear opening width dimension shall be 20 inches (508 mm). The net clear opening dimensions shall be the result of normal operation of the opening.

R310.2.3 Maximum height from floor.

Emergency escape and rescue openings shall have the bottom of the clear opening not greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the floor.

R310.2.4 Emergency escape and rescue openings under decks, porches and cantilevers.

Emergency escape and rescue openings installed under decks, porches and cantilevers shall be fully openable and provide a path not less than 36 inches (914 mm) in height and 36 inches (914 mm) in width to a yard or court.

R310.3 Emergency escape and rescue doors.

Where a door is provided as the required emergency escape and rescue opening, it shall be a side-hinged door or a sliding door.

R310.4 Area wells.

An emergency escape and rescue opening where the bottom of the clear opening is below the adjacent grade shall be provided with an area well in accordance with Sections R310.4.1 through R310.4.4.

R310.4.1 Minimum size.

The horizontal area of the area well shall be not less than 9 square feet (0.9 m2), with a horizontal projection and width of not less than 36 inches (914 mm). The size of the area well shall allow the emergency escape and rescue opening to be fully opened.

Exception: The ladder or steps required by Section R310.4.2 shall be permitted to encroach not more than 6 inches (152 mm) into the required dimensions of the area well.

R310.4.2 Ladder and steps.

Area wells with a vertical depth greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) shall be equipped with an approved, permanently affixed ladder or steps. The ladder or steps shall not be obstructed by the emergency escape and rescue opening where the window or door is in the open position. Ladders or steps required by this section shall not be required to comply with Section R311.7.

R310.4.2.1 Ladders.

Ladders and rungs shall have an inside width of not less than 12 inches (305 mm), shall project not less than 3 inches (76 mm) from the wall and shall be spaced not more than 18 inches (457 mm) on center vertically for the full height of the area well.

R310.4.2.2 Steps.

Steps shall have an inside width of not less than 12 inches (305 mm), a minimum tread depth of 5 inches (127 mm) and a maximum riser height of 18 inches (457 mm) for the full height of the area well.

R310.4.3 Drainage.

Area wells shall be designed for proper drainage by connecting to the building’s foundation drainage system required by Section R405.1.

Exception: A drainage system for area wells is not required where the foundation is on well-drained soil or sand-gravel mixture soils in accordance with the United Soil Classification System, Group I Soils, as detailed in Table R405.1.

R310.4.4 Bars, grilles, covers and screens.

Where bars, grilles, covers, screens or similar devices are placed over emergency escape and rescue openings, bulkhead enclosures or area wells that serve such openings, the minimum net clear opening size shall comply with Sections R310.2 through R310.2.2 and R310.4.1. Such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key or tool or force greater than that required for the normal operation of the escape and rescue opening.

R310.5 Replacement windows for emergency escape and rescue openings.

Replacement windows installed in buildings meeting the scope of this code shall be exempt from Sections R310.2 and R310.4.4, provided that the replacement window meets the following conditions:

1. The replacement window is the manufacturer’s largest standard size window that will fit within the existing frame or existing rough opening. The replacement window is of the same operating style as the existing window or a style that provides for an equal or greater window opening area than the existing window.

2. The replacement window is not part of a change of occupancy.

R310.6 Dwelling additions.

Where dwelling additions contain sleeping rooms, an emergency escape and rescue opening shall be provided in each new sleeping room. Where dwelling additions have basements, an emergency escape and rescue opening shall be provided in the new basement.

Exceptions:

1. An emergency escape and rescue opening is not required in a new basement that contains a sleeping room with an emergency escape and rescue opening.

2. An emergency escape and rescue opening is not required in a new basement where there is an emergency escape and rescue opening in an existing basement that is accessed from the new basement.

3. An operable window complying with Section 310.7.1 shall be acceptable as an emergency escape and rescue opening.

R310.7 Alterations or repairs of existing basements.

New sleeping rooms created in an existing basement shall be provided with emergency escape and rescue openings in accordance with Section R310.1. Other than new sleeping rooms, where existing basements undergo alterations or repairs, an emergency escape and rescue opening is not required.

Exception: An operable window complying with Section 310.7.1 shall be acceptable as an emergency escape and rescue opening.

R310.7.1 Existing emergency escape and rescue openings.

Where a change of occupancy would require an emergency escape and rescue opening in accordance with Section 310.1, operable windows serving as the emergency escape and rescue opening shall comply with the following:

1. An existing operable window shall provide a minimum net clear opening of 4 square feet (0.38 m2) with a minimum net clear opening height of 22 inches (559 mm) and a minimum net clear opening width of 20 inches (508 mm).

2. A replacement window where such window complies with both of the following:

2.1. The replacement window meets the size requirements in Item 1.

2.2. The replacement window is the manufacturer’s largest standard-size window that will fit within the existing frame or existing rough opening. The replacement window shall be permitted to be of the same operating style as the existing window or a style that provides for an equal or greater window opening area than the existing window.