What is the definition of a habitable space in the building code?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The International Residential Code (IRC) defines a habitable space as “a space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar areas are not considered habitable spaces.” 

    Also, see our blog post What is the minimum size of habitable rooms in a house according to the building code?

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