Why Integrate Photoluminescence Into Your Egress Systems?
Despite meeting local codes, most buildings and structures have insufficient emergency lighting. During smoke conditions, emergency signage lit by electricity is frequently obscured. Even backup electrical systems can fail during an emergency situation due to water or heat damage. During some situations (such as the 9/11 Pentagon attack), backup power was actually turned off to prevent firefighters and others from being electrocuted.
LumAware photoluminescent egress products don’t rely on external power. They can provide reliable life-saving exit guidance in any conditions. LumAware products can also save time and money. Instead of replacing expensive egress systems, LumAware photoluminescent products are maintenance free and long lasting. With the use of LumAware photoluminescent egress products you will eliminate the operational costs of electrical run signage; saving significant energy costs every year.
Exceeding Building Codes
The International Code Council (IBC/IFC) and many jurisdictions now require exit path markings. The International Code Council adopted into the 2009 International Building Code Section 1024 and International Fire Code, 4604.23, mandating that all nonresidential buildings, new and existing, over 75 feet in height must install photoluminescent exit path markings in all enclosed emergency stairwells.
The International Building Code, published every three years, is in use in every state in the United States of America. Most states are in the process of adopting the 2009 I-codes into their jurisdictions.
We recommend LumAware to be used in addition to fire and building codes, not to replace. Simply stated, our products exceed building codes requiring photoluminescent exit path markings. Using our experience as a firefighter owned company and the knowledge of the hundreds of firefighters who helped develop our products, we go above and beyond in our measures to help you get your building occupants out safely and efficiently, when an evacuation is required.
Following are some of the U.S. building codes that require photoluminescent exit path markings. Check with your local authorities for specifics in your area.
- 2009 International Building Code, 403.16 & 1024, a requirement that all non-residential buildings Groups A, B, E, I, M, and R-1 for new construction over 75 feet in height must install Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings in all enclosed emergency exit stairwells.
- 2009 International Fire Code. Section 4604, requirement that all non-residential buildings Groups A, B, E, I, M, and R-1 for existing construction over 75 feet in height must install Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings in all enclosed emergency exit stairwells.
- NFPA 101 and 5000 Section 18.104.22.168.5. Exit Stair Path Markings All Buildings. Effective January 2009.
- State of California Building Code, Chapter 10, Means of Egress requires in Group A, E, I, R-1, R-2 and R-3 Occupancies, in Exit corridors leading to Emergency Exit stairwells. Effective January 2008.
- State of Connecticut requires in Group A, B, E, I-1, I-2, R-1 and R-2 occupancies, in Exit corridors leading to Emergency Exit stairwells. Effective January 2008.
- New York City Building Code Reference Standard RS 6-1 requires in all enclosed Emergency Exit stairwells. Effective July 2008 for all non-residential structures.
- General Services Administration requires Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings in all new and existing buildings. Effective January 2009.