we have some questions concerning means of egress for a two story apartment building with 10 or fewer inhabitants. on the second story apartments what is required for egress for an existing old building?
Normally out the front door and down the stairs.
2nd, one window in each bedroom is supposed to be open able and a specified size.
If the exiting on the second floor is enclosed, such as a corridor, two exits may be required.
There are a few variables that can change the answer, but normally only one exit is required.
Well it depends: How many apartments? Do the apartments share common egress paths (stairs halls) or do they have dedicated exits directly to the outside? Are there sprinklers in the building?
It has 3 apartments and all 3 have the same main exit of a hallway to a stairway. No sprinkler system.
Meets code, unless something has been changed since it was built
It seems to me that your building would need to comply with the requirements of NFPA 101, section 22.214.171.124 if the dwelling units are served by a single exit. The requirements for this are:
1. the exit stairway doesn't serve more than 1/2 level below exit discharge
2. The travel distance from any dwelling unit door doesn't exceed 35 ft. to the outside
3. The exit stairway is enclosed or separated from the rest of the building by 1 hr. fire barriers
4. All opening from the rated stairway enclosure into the rest of the building must be 1 hr rated
5. All corridors severing as exit access must have a min. of 1/2 hr fire rating.
6. Horizontal and vertical separation between units must be at least 1/2 hr rated
You may meet 126.96.36.199 if you have a smokeproof enclosure (more rating than above?) and no dwelling door is more than 20 ft. from the exit.
There are other single exit scenarios allowed, but they don't fit your situation as described.
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