Do I need an egress window in a home office that could be used as a bedroom if there are two doors on opposite ends of the room, neither of which opens to the outside. This is in a single story house without a basement.

  • I should add, it has a fairly large double hung window without equal sashes that does not open 24" vertically.
    – John
    Feb 18 at 1:16
  • Which Jurisdiction / Country are you in? Feb 18 at 4:42
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    If each door leads to a separate way outside, it might be okay. If each door leads to same way(up the same set of stairs), probably not.
    – crip659
    Feb 18 at 11:15

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The egress (Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening) requirement is to the outside. (Open directly to a public way, or to a yard or court that opens to a public way) https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IRC2018P7/chapter-3-building-planning#IRC2018P7_Pt03_Ch03_SecR310

So, yes, you need an egress to the outside - can be a door, can be a window. Or you need to convince your LAHJ that it's not a sleeping room.

The exceptions involve sprinkers and basements, so they don't appear to apply here.

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