The windows in the units are inspected to determine if they function as intended, which relates to their ability to open, close, and lock. Additionally, the window’s elements relate to the physical structure, including the frame, sill, seal, weather stripping, and screens. For this inspection, all of these elements are included in the standard. However, the elements related to functionality, such as the ability to open, close, and lock, are given more weight, and windows in the dwelling units are given a more severe rating than those in the common areas.

  1. NSPIRE Deficiency #4 on Windows is “Window component is damaged or missing and the window is not functionally adequate.” Functionally adequate in this scenario is defined as “cannot protect from the elements, permit illumination within the interior space, or permit visual access between spaces”. Examples of damaged or missing components that may impact the window’s functional adequacy may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Weather stripping or seal
    2. Pane or sash
    3. Framing or casing
    4. Window Screens
      1. Condensation that is present due to a failed window seal should not be evaluated.
Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 A unit window will not open or stay open Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 A unit window cannot be secured/locked Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 A unit window will not close Severe 24 Hours** Fail
4 A unit window weather stripping or seal is damaged or missing Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 A unit window pane, sash, or frame is damaged or missing Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 A unit window is damaged or missing affecting illumination or protection from the elements Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 A unit window screen has a hole, tear, or cut of more than one inch Moderate 30 Days Fail

**HCV/PBV Repair Timeframe is 30 Days for this Deficiency

Windows Standard Updated 8/11/23

Revision: 12
Last modified: 9 December 2023


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