Lighting the Path for Building Egress Safety

Lighting the Path for Building Egress Safety

This one-hour course examines the need for photoluminescent lighting systems in stairways of buildings across the country to provide a safe pathway of exit during emergencies. The idea of finding a way to illuminate a safe path for building occupants has been tossed around for decades, but the main obstacle encountered in the past has been the way to do so consistently without electricity. So, the evolution of photoluminescent egress lighting will be discussed as well as new advances in technology that now permit occupants to find a safe route even without electricity. Current code and testing methods will be reviewed that now mandate the implementation of photoluminescent systems that not only light the way but also provide information about the building in terms of location and items that may be used in cases of emergencies. The types of luminescent products will be presented as well as the benefits of using photoluminescent products inside buildings to better protect building occupants.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Explain the importance of such pathway illumination to the life safety of the building occupants, and how it aids them in making a safe and fast egress out of a building in the event of an emergency
  2. Detail why a safe system is needed in our world today
  3. Identify when and where these requirements are needed in building projects, based on the 2012/2015/2018 IBC and IFC
  4. Discuss UL 1994 and ASTM E 2072 test standards and explain how luminous egress markings must comply to meet current building codes
  5. Create a Strategically laid out plan with product options
Provided By: 
Available Regions: 
Continental US
Design Category: 
(10) Specialties
AIA Course Number: 
INY10D