/ēˌgres/Noun: The action of going out of or leaving a place.
The National Building Code 2010 has numerous references to egress in the different sections that refer to different building types. In this article, we will be specifically addressing the requirements for Part 9 of the National Building Code, Housing and Small Buildings and in particular Section 9.9.10. Egress from Bedrooms.
The specific requirements are as follows:
126.96.36.199 Egress Windows or Doors for Bedrooms
Yes. The National Building Code of Canada is a model code that represents the minimum requirements for construction. It provides a basis for those provinces and municipalities that issue their own codes. Provinces and municipalities (jurisdictions having authority) may set their own requirements. It is imperative that you check with your local JELD-WEN dealer or the jurisdiction having authority where your project will be constructed. Consulting with your local authority or JELD-WEN dealer will ensure your project is compliant with code and provide your home with years of safe operation.
Each window style has a minimum required measurement in order to meet egress. Certain styles, such as awning windows, cannot be placed in bedrooms without there being a secondary exit in the bedroom, because the operating arm does not allow for a large enough opening for a human exit, in case of emergency. The minimum size required varies greatly between window styles, so it’s best to seek the advice of your local JELD-WEN dealer.
Again, these are guidelines only, and the most up-to-date information for your jurisdiction can be found through your local JELD-WEN dealer or sales representative.
Reference: National Building Code of Canada 2010, Volume 1 & 2, Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, National Research Council of Canada, Thirteenth Edition 2010, NRCC 53301, Second printing.
This information is a guideline only and not to be taken as fact. Many variables such as location, new-build/remodel or the type of windows used may impact the necessary steps required to achieve egress. As such, JELD-WEN Canada cannot be held responsible for any loss, physical, monetary or otherwise resulting from the use of this information.