Three new duplexes are being built behind the alley from where I live.
They dug out the basement and put in gravel,
then poured cement only around the edges for the poured cement walls,
which are now in.
I figured they'd pour the rest of the cement later, but no,
they are just going ahead and building the houses...they have the first
floor going in now.
Are houses no longer using concrete basement floors...or what?
Ah yes, no drains have been put in, guess they'll have to do that before
they pour the floor.
I'm quite sure they know what they are doing.
They put plenty of insulating around the sides so far
will watch the construction.
Now THAT'S strange. If there is a basement, I believe code now requires
at the minimum an escape window regardless of any other window
requirements in that basement.
Growing up (though some would argue it never happened<g>) in the Chicago
area, I recall as a kid and adult many, many homes with basements
constructed and the basement floor was always among the last pours and
the chutes were stuck in through the basement windows, etc.
If there are no windows going into this one, be sure to take video when
they pour the floor. Should be interesting to share with us.<g>
On 06/17/2015 10:11 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
I know nothing about "code" but have noticed a lot of homes with glass
block windows, which would not be easy to get through in the event of an
Though there may be no windows they have not put the entire floors in
yet, still just have the joists in so they still get the cement in easily.
At that point it'd be "concrete", not cement... <pedant off> :)
Perhaps there's other egress planned or they're not putting in full
basement depth that negates the need for the window(s). They're
certainly a weak spot for water ingress so unless mandatory if were mine
I'd opt for the same scheme. Not certain on current Code and, of
course, there's a zillion varieties of local differences but afaik it's
still only mandatory if it is habitable (finished) area to have more
than the stairwell??? Sleeping areas (including any basement) must have
egress in each bedroom of course.
On Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 11:49:59 AM UTC-4, dpb wrote:
That's what I thought too. I've never heard of a code reqt for
basement windows in unfinished basements, only that you need them
for additional exits if it's finished. I seem to recall it was
only if it was a sleeping area too, but not sure.
Still, at least a couple of windows are highly desirable.
If it gets flooded for example, it's going to be harder
to dry out, air out, without them.
SBC _requires_ 2nd egress if the space is deemed "habitable" by Code
definition (which basically, means if it is finished space; wall
coverings, flooring, lighting, etc., etc., etc., ...) That doesn't
necessarily require it be a window but if there isn't an exterior door
because, say, one wall is at grade or an exit well, or the like, the
window route is the cheapest way to satisfy the Code.
OTOH, it may not _get_ flooded if the windows aren't there as lower
entry points... :) Just had a friend who got his flooded precisely that
way because the recent downpour exceeded the capacity of the window
wells plus their depth surge storage capacity and filled them nearly
full...if that had been solid wall, he'd still be dry.
if someone happens to be in the basement and a fire occurs they might die, p;us firemen have no way to access the area. worse moisture , mold can grow in areas with little ventilation.
if it were me nice big windows would be required
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