Building Code And High Rise Windows

A reader in the forums has a question about whether his bedroom window should be able to open or not:

I was wondering if someone knows about high rise condo building code regarding whether bedroom window can be open or not. I am looking at a unit where the bedroom has a few floor to ceiling windows but the windows can’t be open/close. The living room and kitchen have similar windows, half of them can be open/close and the other half can’t be open/close. I think the builder overlook the windows in the bedroom. There should be no reason why it can’t be open/close. Just wondering if there are any building code regarding this.

Can any of the architects/designers knowledgeable about this sort of thing help him out?

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  • GW

    Dwelling units are only required to have operable windows up to the fourth floor (for egress). Above that, indoor air quality regulations can be met with mechanical venting or louvers/slots, and operable windows are not required. In high-rises, wind pressures can get very large at upper floors, so it’s not unusual to find upper-level units with fixed windows.

  • GW

    Dwelling units are only required to have operable windows up to the fourth floor (for egress). Above that, indoor air quality regulations can be met with mechanical venting or louvers/slots, and operable windows are not required. In high-rises, wind pressures can get very large at upper floors, so it’s not unusual to find upper-level units with fixed windows.

  • Denise

    My husband I are purchasing a condo in Chattanooga. The windows large windows have no screens and open out. It would be very easy for an adult (much less a child) to lean and accidently fall out. I’m sure the builder must have constructed to “code”, but are these ever overlooked by the city inspector. It is a corner unit and maybe only 3 units have these windows with out balconies.

    Thanks!

  • Denise

    My husband I are purchasing a condo in Chattanooga. The windows large windows have no screens and open out. It would be very easy for an adult (much less a child) to lean and accidently fall out. I’m sure the builder must have constructed to “code”, but are these ever overlooked by the city inspector. It is a corner unit and maybe only 3 units have these windows with out balconies.

    Thanks!

  • Paul

    the standard applied where I work in California is if the glazing is less than 24″ from the floor and on the outside the drop is greater than 6′ then the opening cannot be wide enough to allow a 4″ diameter sphere to pass through it