GreenFlag wrote:If this was noticed at a sale, would it be severe enough to warrant a sale to fall through, or at the very least compel the owner to upgrade the windows to suitable means of escape
GreenFlag wrote: (size f ope , 1100 above floor, 2.4m to eaves etc.
Yes it would, no compromise.GreenFlag wrote:If that was done and there wasnt 50% of the floor area at the required head height, would that still constitute an issue?
markstephens wrote:something I should have said earlier is that it is often forgotten that all the dimensions for escape windows are part of the Technical Guidance Documents (TGD) that are guaranteed ways of meeting the Building Regulations. The Building Regulation in this instance is pretty straightforward:
"A building shall be so designed and constructed that there are adequate means of escape in case of fire from the building....."
In theory therefore you could negotiate with the Building Control Department with your own different means of escape - this is done frequently for non-residential building Fire Certificates. The problem is the lack of Building Control (I haven't talked to or seen a B.C. officer in the 8 years I've been working here). You'll also have difficulty convincing other engineers/banks/solicitors that your building complies.
markstephens wrote:In my opinion: To be classified as bedrooms they'd need to comply with Part B. The one I spot the most is the opening greater than 1100mm above finished floor level. As you say this is a three bedroom house + storage.
Bren88 wrote:If that's the one you are spotting the most then I suggest you get better at your job.
1100 isn't (and never was) the min height above floor level for these windows. Not exactly a top class service if you made people alter windows that were compliant.