Building Codes & Standards : Photoluminescence
NEW Building Codes: photoluminescent paints & markings

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NEW Building Codes & Photoluminescent Paints

What Are New Building Codes, Who Creates Them And Why Is This Important For Building Safety?
In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, building safety has been scrutinized by government organizations, trade organizations, and parties involved in setting standards for general practices, safety guidelines and others, both in the NYC area and the nation as a whole. On this page you will find the most important organizations involved; who they are, what they do, and which of their codes and standards you should familiarize yourself with when applying photoluminescent paints, materials and signs in your building.
new building safety codes : ICC
ICC : New Building Codes From The International Code Council
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. Although regional code development has been effective and responsive to our country’s needs, the time came for a single set of codes. The nation’s three model code groups responded by creating the International Code Council and by developing codes without regional limitations; the International Codes.The International Code Council is a member-focused association. 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 and the International Fire Code. Read more about the International Building Code here >>

It is of the utmost importance that the photoluminescent materials or paints used in your building are tested according to these standards and meet all requirements.

For this reason one should consider a tested and approved photoluminescent paint supplier such as Kryptaglow: See Certification Info >>.

new building safety codes : NYC Department Of Buildings
New York City Department Of Buildings : New Building Laws From The NYC Government
Before 9/11, New York City was commonly acknowledged to have one of the most stringent building codes in the United States. The September 11th terrorist attacks and subsequent collapse of the World Trade Center had an enormous impact on New York City. As a result the New York City Department of Buildings convened the World Trade Center Building Code Task Force (Task Force) to review current building design, construction and operating requirements and rethink the building codes. In February 2003, the Task Force released its findings recommending changes to the way buildings are designed and how they function during an extreme event. This included practicable recommendations for improvements to evacuation and egress and fire safety of buildings. Consequently on June 24, 2004 the New York City Building Code and Fire Prevention Code was amended by Local Law 26 (LL-26). LL-26 makes the retroactive installation of photoluminescent signs and markings mandatory. The best ways to apply LL-26 compliant photoluminescent signs and markings have been described in Reference Standard RS 6-1 and 6-1A. These are standards adopted by the NYC Commissioner of Buildings that establish the technical standards for the installation of photoluminescent building signs in compliance with Local Law 26 of 2004. Read more about LL-26 and these reference standards here >>

NYC only allows the use of MEA certified photoluminescent paint from a supplier such as Kryptaglow: See Certification Info >>.

new building safety codes : NIST
NIST (National Institute Of Standards And Technology) : New Building Guidelines From The US Department Of Commerce
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. Congress established the agency to enhance U.S. industrial competitiveness by creating a first class measurement infrastructure to compete with economic rivals. Today, NIST measures anything from nanoscale devices to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers. The mission of the building and fire research programs at NIST is to anticipate and meet the measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries in areas of critical national need. This research includes a special focus 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.These recommendations have led to changes in the International Building Codes (IBC) and International Fire Codes (IFC)to increase the effective usage of photoluminescent exit markings.Read more about NIST's findings and conclusions on this page about building safety codes >>

Kryptaglow is an example of an industrial photoluminescent paint supplier that meets IBC requirements in it's products.

new building safety codes : NFPA
NFPA : The National Fire Protection Association
NFPA is the abreviation for the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA is a private organization that develops life Safety Codes (LSC) to prevent fire hazards. These codes themselves are not legally binding. But NFPA 101 and other Life Safety Codes are often adopted as a part of local building codes, which do have the force of law and are enforced by building inspectors, fire marshals and zoning officials. Moreover: NFPA 101 is used by insurance companies to determine liability should there be a fire or accident. So even if not required by law, compliance with NFPA 101 should be considered extremely important. The NFPA has developed several NFPA Codes for fire safety.

For this reason one should consider a tested and approved photoluminescent paint supplier such as Kryptaglow: See Certification Info >>.

new building safety codes : ASTM
ASTM International : New Building Standards From The American Society For Testing And Materials
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (founded in 1898 by chemists and engineers), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality and enhance safety. ASTM International standards are the tools of customer satisfaction and competiveness for companies across a wide range of markets.Through 143 technical standards-writing committees, ASTM serves diverse industries including the construction industry. ASTM Standards are developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization.ASTM provides proficiency testing, interlaboratory crosscheck programs and newly initiated certification programs, which support manufacturers, users, researchers and laboratories worldwide.One of ASTM's sub-commitees (E12.13) has developed the ASTM E2072 - 10 Standard Specification for Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Safety Markings (Book of Standards Volume: 06.01).

One of the very few industrial photoluminescent paint suppliers that does meet all these requirements in it's products is Kryptaglow.

More about building codes and standards in relation to photoluminescent paints & markings
New Building Safety Codes
International Building Codes
IBC Codes & Photoluminescence
IFC Codes
Building Safety codes
ASTM Standards
LL-26 codes
LL-26 approved photoluminescent products
MEA codes & photoluminescence

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