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#1 Darcy Loewen

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 12:57 PM

I'd like to hear some tips from others how they determine whether a window will meet minimum egress requirements. Window measurements in SoftPlan are typically frame size, not clear open area. Different manufacturers' windows of the same frame size will have differing clear open dimensions, depending on thickness of frame, style of opening hardware, etc. Do some manufacturers provide calculators for their various models, and the frame size just needs entering to determine if it meets egress? Or are there other simple methods?

 

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#2 Martin Livingston

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 01:13 PM

Here is the Canadian code http://www.jeld-wen....egress-openings

 

Typically the smallest window I would use is 32x32 nominal casement, a 30x56 or 36x48 nominal single hung and a 24x60 nominal horizontal slider. Awning windows typically do not meet egress.


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#3 Steve and Carla Farnam

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 01:16 PM

To tag on with Martin

https://www.jeld-wen...ress-calculator



#4 Darcy Loewen

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for sharing that link; that gives me the type of info I need, at least for Jeld-Wen windows. It'll serve as a guideline for other brands, too, if I can't find other brand-specific calculators. I wasn't able to locate a Canadian version of that calculator, but this one gives me enough info I can compare it to NBCC requirements.



#5 Brent Putney

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 01:47 PM

If you work with a local lumberyard at all just give them a call. Most salesmen know off the top of their heads for brands they sell.



#6 Ron Sirolli

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 03:04 PM

i have a Andersen catalog that tell you there egress units



#7 Keith Almond

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:14 PM

Martin Windows used to have a specific catalogue that listed all their windows that complied with egress requirements (at least for Ontario). I still use it as a rough and ready guide. However, I normally have a window that's well in excess of any required minimum.


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#8 Ben Ginther

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

Here is the Canadian code http://www.jeld-wen....egress-openings

 

Typically the smallest window I would use is 32x32 nominal casement, a 30x56 or 36x48 nominal single hung and a 24x60 nominal horizontal slider. Awning windows typically do not meet egress.

Which manufacturer has a 60x24 slider that is code compliant?



#9 Ron Sirolli

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 06:46 AM

Not Sure but a egress window is 5.7 sf the minimun open is 24"height and 20" wide that in New jersey



#10 Jon Davis

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:17 PM

Casements are easy (operable casements obviously) because even smaller ones will meet egress. If the need for a small window arises, casements are

a good way to go. Otherwise, a 3050 or 2860 are your best bets for meeting egress here in the US. Unless your state as tighter restrictions. 



#11 Keith Almond

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

If you work with a local lumberyard at all just give them a call. Most salesmen know off the top of their heads for brands they sell.

 

I somehow doubt that, most of the salesmen at lumberyards couldn't tell you off the top of their heads what the egress requirements are, never mind which of their various window brands slider, casement, single hung or double hung windows complied with those requirements.


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#12 Kevin Rabenaldt

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 02:13 PM

I agree with Jon, I think most manufacturers meet egress with 3050 or 2860 as minimum sizes.






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