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Answer: A Stop Order can be used by the Building Official at any time during the construction. It would normally be used as a last resort after other means to obtain compliance have failed. In the situation that you describe with the drywall contractor, the Building Official probably placed the Stop Order in an attempt to verify the proper installation of the insulation, vapor retarder and maybe the air barrier. Although the code is not specific to what extent the Stop Order should affect other trades on the project it would seem appropriate that only the drywall contractor should be affected in this situation, but allowing other trades to continue.
Answer: The net clear minimum opening size for an emergency escape and rescue window is as follows:
Peter has three decades of extensive experience in the construction and building codes industry as an author, educator and experienced in residential building codes, energy codes and green building practices. His background includes working on staff with the International Code Council, as an Instructor with the State of Minnesota Building Code Division, as a municipal Building Inspector and in various positions with residential and commercial construction companies in Minnesota. Peter is certified by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Green Building-Residential. He is also certified by the State of Minnesota as a Certified Building Official and Certified Instructor.
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