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Old 09-09-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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This is a rather strange question but here goes. I am replacing the old windows in my home next summer. I was thinking of closing the windows up completely with plywood in both bedrooms. We have loud neighbours and these windows aren't visible from the street. I was thinking the plywood would help with the noise in the mornings and that they would help with heat loss over winter. I live in canada. I don't have a need to open the windows at all. Strange idea but hoping it makes sense until I replace the windows next year. Will it work?
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I don't have a need to open the windows at all.
You may find a need real quick if there's a Fire.
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I was thinking of closing the windows up completely with plywood in both bedrooms. ?
It's against the fire regulations while occupied. You need alternate fire exits in the bedrooms.... and those are usually the windows.
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You need to check with code.

Heavy drapes will help with the sound and energy loss in the meantime.
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how about boards on the inside ? with some kind of quick release.
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Interior shutters.
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Rigid insulation on interior side of window. I do this in winter to save on heating costs, but it might be good for sound insulation as well. I cut to exactly fit, that is, they are simply pushed placed in position...no nails/screws/other is necessary
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Depends on your local code but you most likely can not close off those windows if it is still intended to be a bedroom. Some codes require it only up to a certain level. Typically at or above the fourth floor.
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Maybe something along the line of plantation shutters

http://blindsbyjason.com/page11.php
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