The following States have adopted the 09 IFC: California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois (except Chicago), Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah & Washington.
Search for the 2009 International Fire Code/Next Section/Chapter 10 Means of Egress/Section 1024 Luminous Egress Path Markings – Free ICC Code Information – you must complete the survey before viewing the information.
NFPA 101 Section 188.8.131.52.5. Exit Stair Path Markings All Buildings – View the Life Safety Code
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 – All Non-Residential Structures.
New York City Local Law 26 Compliance
General Services Administration requires Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings in all new and existing buildings Effective January 2009
Code Compliance for Public Facilities
Recognising that facility managers are seeking alternatives to electrical path finding, the International Conference of Building Officials Evaluation Service (ICBO ES) began investigating photoluminescence (PL) late in 2000 to assess whether it could be as effective as electrical path finding systems.
The evaluation service found that under certain conditions, PL was equivalent to its electrical counterpart. The Uniform Building Code requires emergency lighting to operate for 90 minutes at a constant level of 1 foot/candle (10.76 lux). Pathfinding illumination in a public assembly facility is required to operate at 0.2 foot/candle (just over 2 lux).
The service has shown equivalence for photoluminescent pathfinding system illumination for aisles, cross-aisles and vomitories/exits during performances in auditoriums, theaters, concert or opera halls, stadiums and similar facilities.
The approval test requires that a sample be charged by a light source representative of that in the proposed venue, measured after 10 minutes and 140 minutes.
A formula is given to show the conditions under which the photo-luminescent system will be accepted as complying with the Universal Building Code. There are also requirements for salt spray, weather exposure (both tests required for out of doors facilities), washability, and slip resistance.
That means that facility managers now have a guideline of quality that they can use to ensure PL options meet or exceed the performance of electrical path-finding systems.
The building code equivalence decision helps facility managers to find their way in the information darkness. Like patrons anxious to find their seat with ease, facility managers now have better guidance in their path-finding decision-making process. And the options look as pleasing to the eye as they are to the balance sheet.
In April 2002 the ICBO Evaluation Service issued the report ER-5785, showing the Ecoglo product working to the acceptance criteria defined in the AC-169 report that was issued in 2000.
You can download the ICBO Acceptance Criteria Document AC-169 [ 22 kb ]