Your Home Builders Association successfully clarified an amendment to the building code relating to window fall protection. The amendment was written improperly when it was adopted originally, which caused confusion in enforcement.
For clarification, the following code amendment is adopted:
Window Protection – R312.2.1 as written is deleted and R312.2.2 now becomes the R312.2.1. R213.2 Window Fall Protection now reads; “Where window fall protection is provided it shall be installed in accordance with sections R312.2.1.
As a note, the get-out-of-jail-free card is R310.1.4 – Operating Constraints. This section states, “emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge.”
It was the association’s position, in advocating for the amendment above, that the Window Protection section conflicted with the Operating Constraints section. The Building Codes Council agreed.