Many codes have been created and found throughout the years to increase occupant safety within commercial and residential buildings. International Building Code regulations are part of a standard that was put in place in the early 2000’s. IBC guidelines pertain to the creation of buildings before occupancy. Every party involved starting from design to end construction must ensure the structure is compliant with these or other defined local regulations. They ensure that the building is safer for occupants in the event of fires and major disasters. Many states use these specific code regulations. States that have not adopted IBC codes have incorporated ideas into their own local renditions.
It was noted by the International Code Council that a uniform building code was non-existent. Three sets of guidelines were being used throughout the country. Many of these duplicated ideas and caused confusion among construction companies and designers. This also made it very hard to regulate each building and ensure the safety of occupants. Before these regulations were combined to form a standard code reference, various emergencies caused by earthquakes, fires, and disasters were found to be more catastrophic because of the lack of standard safety measures. The ICC formed these IBC regulations in hopes that a stable code reference would reduce these issues and increase the safety of building occupants. Requirements defined by the ICC are considered the bare minimum safety precautions each building must have.
One Simple Step Prevents a World of Trouble
Emergency exit signs are placed in specific locations to help occupants find building exits. Owners have multiple options available for compliant signage. In the past the most common method for identifying exits has been lighted signs that can operate off of back up power. Later emergencies and negative results have begun to prove that these methods while within compliance are not effective. Businesses that truly value the prosperity their occupied buildings bring are learning that going above and beyond the minimum requirements has unbelievable benefits. New materials such as photo-luminescent signs offer better visibility and reliability with no additional cost. As opposed to traditional lighted signs, these products do not need maintenance such as changing bulbs or electrical repairs. Luminescent signs serve the same purpose without electricity, maintenance, or harm to the great outdoors.
Emergency exit signs are a must to comply with set building codes. If luminescent signs are installed initially, costs can be reduced during construction and occupants have better evacuation assistance if or when an emergency comes about. Violating or neglecting these regulations costs more in the end. If occupants get injured during an emergency due to compliance violations, legal actions are guaranteed to occur. This can get very costly as the number of injured occupants increases. Building authorities will charge fines after an inspection finds the negligence. The building will be shut down either permanently or until the building can be repaired and pass a new inspection. This is a loss of money that no owner wants to experience and it can be avoided by following basic compliance guidelines for a building.