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Opinion: Sleeping room window replacements

Inquiry:

96-05

Subject:

Sleeping room window replacements

Code:

Code: 1994 UBC Sections 310.4 and 3403

Submitted By:

MN B. O. Uniformity Committee

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date:

July 22,1996

Situation #1:

The entire window unit is removed and a new window unit is installed.

Answer:

Compliance with U.B.C. Sec. 310.4 is required.

Situation #2:

A building is moved into or within the jurisdiction. The sleeping rooms do not comply with Sec. 310.4.

Answer #2:

(Same as answer #1) UBC Sec. 3404 requires that "buildings or structures moved into or within the jurisdiction shall comply with the provisions of this code for new buildings or structures."

Division comments:

Division Comments: UBC Section 104.2.7 permits modifications in code enforcement where there are "practical difficulties." This may be considered in both situations particularly if the house was built under a previous code that may have allowed a 48 inch sill height or 5.0 square feet in openable area.

Committee comments:

Adopted by committee November 8, 1995 and approved (with deletion) at the 40th Annual Institute of Building Officials on January 12, 1996.

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