What Is ICC, What Are IFC Codes, And Why Should I Care?
The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes used throughout the United States. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. ICC codes that are relevant to the application and maintenance of photoluminescent paints, materials and signs, include: the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Fire Code (IFC) that this page is about. The International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) are two of the most widely accepted codes in North America; all 50 states have adopted a version of the IBC and at least 42 states have adopted a version of the IFC. Since 2009 the IFC Code stipulates that luminous markings are required for all doors, steps, landings, handrails, perimeters, and obstacles. The IFC regulations are enforced by building inspectors and fire code officials and are subject to fines and penalties. When a building does not meet these regulations, liabilty exposure increases in case of accidents on the premises. Read more about ICC and other organizations involved in new building codes and standards >>
IFC Codes (International Fire Codes)
The International Fire Code, or IFC (incl. IFC 2009 and IFC2012), is a state-of-the-art model code used as the basis for fire regulations promulgated and enforced by U.S. state and local jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions have the option of incorporating some or all of the code’s provisions but generally adopt most provisions. Some of these standards pertain to the use of evacuation technology. Evacuation and egress systems are required to use photoluminescent markings to indicate exit routes in specifically standardized ways. Future buildings—especially tall structures—should be increasingly resistant to fire, more easily evacuated in emergencies, and safer overall thanks to 23 major and far-reaching building and fire code changes approved in 2009 by the International Code Council (ICC) and in part laid down in the IFC 2009 Fire Code. These changes include making exit path markings more prevalent and more visible by applying photoluminescent paints and exit markings for egress purposes.
IFC Code Specifications for Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Safety Markings (IFC2009 & IFC2012)
The ICC has adopted the following practical changes to the IFC with regards to photoluminescent exit markings as found in chapter 10:
One of the very few industrial photoluminescent paint suppliers that does meets IFC Code requirements in it's products is Kryptaglow.
IFC Codes directly affect you, if you are a:
What is NIST and how does it relate to the IFC Codes
NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. It was founded in 1901 and is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The building and fire research programs at NIST anticipate and meet the measurement and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries. NIST research focusses specifically on disaster-resilient structures. Following 9-11, NIST lead the Federal Investigation into the Collapse of the World Trade Center. In it's final report the federal commission recommended a complete reevaluation of egress systems and incorporation of appropriate egress technology. The IFC Code (and IBC Code) changes adopted by the ICC, closely follow the findings of NIST's WTC disaster investigation.Read more about NIST and other organizations involved in new building codes and standards >>
It is of the utmost importance that the photoluminescent materials or paints used in your building are tested accordingly to meet the new standards and meet all requirements of the new building codes.
For this reason one should consider a tested and approved photoluminescent paint supplier such as Kryptaglow: See Certification Info >>.
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