WHAT IS AN EGRESS WINDOW?

 

Do you know what egress means? Egress is a direct means of access to the outdoors, and most importantly, a “life-saving” feature, particularly in case of basement bedroom windows.

The National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) has very clear requirements related specifically to bedroom egress windows, and the three distinct purposes they serve in your home:

1) Light

2) Ventilation 

3) Emergency escape: (Article 9.7.1.3 & 9.7.1.4) an emergency escape requires that each bedroom must have a door that leads directly to the exterior of the building OR have a properly-sized egress window that can be opened from the inside without the use of keys, tools, hardware or special knowledge

For a bedroom window to be compliant it must provide an unobstructed opening with a minimum area of 0.35m² (3.77ft²) and at the same time no horizontal or vertical dimension / opening can be less than 380mm (15”).

If you are considering replacing an existing bedroom window or adding a bedroom to your basement, you need to ensure each bedroom window meets the minimum egress window requirements. As always, Fort Glass is here to help Kingston homeowners with any questions regarding egress windows. Call us today - We love hearing from you!

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