Do replacement bedroom windows have to meet the current emergency egress standards of the Florida Building Code?
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
No. Any repairs, alterations, or additons to a home must comply with the Florida Building Code - Existing Building, which has separate standards than the Florida Building Code that is used for new construction. It is specifically for work done on existing structures and does not require that everything be brought up to current code for new buildings. For replacement bedroom windows, it only requires two things:
- The replacement window must be the manufacturer’s largest size that will fit within the existing frame or existing rough opening.
- The new window must provide equal or greater opening area as the one it replaces, and can be of the same operating style—so you can even replace jalousie with jalousie if you want.
Here is the full citation, which is at 702.5 of the 2017 edition of the code:
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