I need to replace the windows in my finished basement in my Ottawa single family home. There aren't any bedrooms in the basement, just a laundry room, storage room and a family room (with TV, etc.). Can I just simply replace the existing old drafty windows with new energy saving windows (same dimensions), or am I required to replace them with an egress window?
If you have no bedrooms then you are not required to put an egress window in only if it's a bedroom. I do recommend however if you're replacing the windows anyways you might want to spend an extra 1500 to $2,000 to get an egress for safety and to let natural light in. Bottom line having an egress window in the basement can save lives.
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