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Posted by nicksanspam on March 16, 2007, 5:11 pm

Fortunately, the 2006 ICC allows other means of escape, eg insulated doors,
as well as other means of light and ventilation. Were window requirements
in previous residential codes written by window makers? :-)

That seems arguable.


Posted by Bob Morrison on March 16, 2007, 5:56 pm
In a previous post nicksanspam@ece.villanova.edu wrote...

If you want your house to have exit doors to the outside from every room
so that it it looks like a mini-storage it's okay by me.

Most people don't want a house that looks like.

Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
Structural & Civil Engineering
Poulsbo WA
bob at rlmorrisonengr dot com

Posted by Paul M. Eldridge on March 16, 2007, 3:06 pm

There's also the matter of how our homes look and behave from the
*outside*.  Most of us want our homes to look like, well, a home and
our neighbourhoods to be visually inviting and humane, and not some
mutation of a Soviet-era apartment complex or industrial park.  Glass
plays a big role in this and, at night time, the light emanating from
within our homes connects us to those outside and, in turn, provides
those walking (or driving) through a neighbourhood with a certain
level of comfort and reassurance and a greater sense of personal

I'm all in favour of reducing our energy demands and we can certainly
do a *much* better job in this regard, but we should never lose sight
of our basic needs, and one of those is our relationship to/passive
interaction with those around us; cutting off that "communication"
could have very negative consequences for ourselves and our community.


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