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International Residential Code Section R310 “Basements and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening.”

Boccia Inc. has been leading the way providing emergency escape window systems and basement entrances for homes all around New York. Constructed from galvanized steel our egress well and frame system outperforms all other plastic molded systems for strength and durability. Choose from the standard white finish on galvanized steel or our new decorative Natural Stone finish for a beautiful look.  

Let Boccia Inc. transform your basement by letting natural light and air into your living space and most importantly, protecting your family by code compliant emergency egress and rescue openings. Boccia Inc.‘s services, as always, are provided with careful attention to detail as well as unparalleled warranties for our workmanship.  Our history in serving homes is why we our reviews are great, and why we are among the most recommended firms across Long Island and Queens.  

New York State Requirements for Basement Escape Windows:

Building Code IRC Section R310.1 mandates that “basements with habitable space and every sleeping room shall have at least one openable emergency escape and rescue window.” This has changed the way people look at basements in a significant way because most basements were not built to comply with this regulation.

The requirements for an emergency basement window installation are as follows:

  • The bottom of the egress window opening can’t exceed 44” from the finished floor.
  • The minimum opening area of the egress window is 5.7 square feet.
  • The minimum egress window opening height is 24” high.
  • The minimum egress window opening is 20” wide.
  • The egress window must have a glass area of not less than 8% of the total floor area of room(s) for which it is servicing, to allow the minimum amount of sufficient natural light.*
  • The egress window must have a opening area of not less than 4% of the total floor area of room(s) for which it is servicing, to allow the minimum amount of natural ventilation.*
  • Multiple windows can be used to service a single area where one window does not meet these percentages of total floor area. As long as the totaled amounts from this combination of windows meet or exceed the 8% for natural light and 4% for natural ventilation.
  • Egress window wells are required where the bottom of the egress window is below ground level.
  • The egress well must not interfere with the egress window fully opening.
  • The distance from the egress window to the back of the Egress well must be at least 36”.
  • The minimum area of the egress well must be 9 square feet. (width x projection)
  • Egress ladders and or steps are required on window wells deeper than 44” and must be permanently attached.
  • An egress ladder or step may encroach into well up to 6”.
  • Steps and/or distance between rungs of the ladder can’t exceed 18”.
  • The rungs of an egress ladder must be 12” wide or greater and must project a minimum of 3” away from the back wall, but can’t exceed 6” from the back of the wall.


The egress window shall be easily opened or removed from the inside of the egress well without special tools.These requirements are intended to make sure an average, able bodied person, would be able to both fit through and lift themselves up, and out the window. Please keep in mind who may be using the living space in your basement and adjust these requirements as you feel necessary. The law only dictates the minimum required by law and may not be what best suits your needs. Use your common sense when picking the egress window size and egress window well size that you feel is right for you and your family. Keep safety in mind.

Obviously the most important intention of having a properly sized basement emergency escape window is to protect the welfare of the public, which includes people important to you and your loved ones in case they have to escape a space that is predominantly below the ground. But in addition to this, a new basement emergency window has a tendency to transform a basement with additional light and fresh air creating a much-improved environment.

Boccia Inc. is an authorized distributor and installer of egress windows.

Natural light will transform the basement living space and provide fresh air source. Boccia Inc. is an authorized distributor and installer in New York City.

• White on galvanized window frame          • White vinyl insulated glass insert         • White on galvanized area well
• Emergency escape ladder                           • Metal safety grate                              • Clear plastic cover