Basement Egress Windows

The term "egress" simply means a direct method of leaving a building, and an egress window code requires each bedroom in a home to have a direct exit available in the event of a fire or other emergency. If there are individual bedrooms in the basement, a separate egress window is required for each.

Egress windows need to open easily. It's common to require a renovation to install a basement egress window in your foundation. This may involve cutting the concrete and digging out the ground so that the window that meets Edmonton egress codes.

Meeting basement window codes in Edmonton

Did you know that Sunview can cut your foundation to prepare for an egress window?

Many older homes often feature smaller basement windows, making it a common requirement to undergo a renovation in order to incorporate a basement egress window into the foundation. This renovation process typically entails cutting through concrete and excavating the surrounding ground to ensure the window aligns with local egress codes. Sunview is fully equipped to guide you through every step of this undertaking. Our services encompass excavation, concrete cutting, egress window installation, window well addition, and comprehensive interior and exterior finishing. Prior to initiating our work, we advise you to contact “call before you dig” services and have any necessary permits from your municipality at the ready. It's important to note that we are unable to connect to existing weeping tile systems, and depending on the specifics of the project, there may be some excess soil left over upon completion.



The primary purpose of an egress window is to meet building code requirements for safety. Building codes typically mandate that all bedrooms have at least one egress window to provide a safe exit in case of emergencies.

Size and Requirements

Egress windows must meet specific size and accessibility requirements to comply with building codes. Windows referred to above shall provide unobstructed openings with areas not less than 0.35 m (3.77 Sq/ft) with no dimension less than 380 mm (15 in.)

Window Wells

Egress windows that are below grade require window wells extending at least 30” away from the exterior wall, Sunview can excavated the area outside the window and install a well that allows light to enter and provide a safe means of climbing out of the basement.

Safety Features

Our European egress windows include safety features such as bolts that lock into the interior steel frame.


Enhance natural light and improve ventilation in basements

provides increased security as well as airtightness
Meets Edmonton building code requirements for basement suites