Does your city have a photoluminescent exit signs code? How about a code for sprinkler systems? Or door sizes? If you’ve recently purchased a building, are constructing a building, or even if you’ve owned multiple commercial buildings for decades, chances are you don’t know every aspect of your local building codes.
Building codes get updated on a regular basis, and most building owners tend to fall behind on the regulations that apply to them. It’s a common problem, and one that can be quite costly if anything ever goes wrong in your building. Not being up to code causes major liabilities because it puts your tenants in the path of danger. The best way to protect yourself and your tenants is to make sure that you are in compliance with all of the building codes that apply to you.
Of course, the big challenge is finding the latest information about all of the codes that you’re subject to. Every state has its own set of building codes, as do many cities and even some counties. Staying on top of all the varying information can be quite the ordeal.
Fortunately, the CMD Group has created a great resource for looking up your local building codes online. Click here, and you’ll find a link for each of the 50 states. Click on your state, and you’ll have access to building codes that apply to you.
Remember to also stay on top of the International Building Code and the International Fire Code. These codes apply to all 50 states, though some states enforce the codes more strictly than others. Keeping up with these codes is important for maintaining the highest level of safety for your tenants.
You might also learn a few things about how to improve safety while cutting costs from the IFC and IBC. For example, under the International Building Code and the International Fire Code, you can install photoluminescent exit signs instead of electric signs and remain in compliance. In fact, photoluminescent exit signs are actually more reliable than their electrical counterparts because they don’t require any electricity or batteries to operate.
If you have any questions specifically about photoluminescent egress systems and how they comply with current building codes, contact Jessup Manufacturing, the makers of GloBrite® exit signs, to learn more.