Building Codes & Standards: Photoluminescence
Application & Maintenance: IBC photoluminescent paints & markings

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IBC Code Application, Maintenance & Photoluminescent Paints


Installation In Accordance With IBC Photoluminescent Codes
As a result of the Twin Towers’ collapse — buildings have come under scrutiny. In the call for increased safety, national agencies updated and ratified new model codes. If the tragedy at the World Trade Center taught building owners anything, it is that they need to prepare for complex evacuations. The International Code Council (ICC) has approved two changes to its International Building Code (IBC 2009) and its International Fire Code (IFC 2009). The first requires photoluminescent pathway marking systems in new high-rise buildings and the second requires photoluminescent pathway marking systems in existing high-rise buildings. Photoluminescent pathway marking components must be provided to mark the steps, handrails, landings, obstructions, and certain door frames and door hardware. Also : several types of photoluminescent signs are required.

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 >>.
Installation and maintenance of photoluminescent signage and pathway markers
Since these changes occured, photoluminescent pathway marking systems have been installed in tens of thousands of new and existing buildings and will be installed in many more. What's more: as the first generation of buildings designed to comply to these codes start undergoing regular maintenance cycles, many building owners will find that the codes also contain specific standards for maintenance of photoluminescent signage and paints. And in addition that not all photololuminescent materials and paints are made equally durable.
When installing a photoluminescent egress system, attention is needed for to the following:
  • You should choose knowledgeable suppliers and contractors, who are aware of standards and regulations for the installation of the photoluminescent pathway marking system;
  • You must take into account that light levels are sufficient to charge photoluminescent components either from natural light or artificial light sources;
  • In order to achieve durable and strong adherence of photoluminescent components to surfaces, you have to adequately clean or paint surfaces and/or use adequate mechanical fasteners;
Think about Maintenance Cost When Selecting A Photoluminescent Agent
Obtaining a good estimate or bid can be difficult. In general, materials may run several hundred dollars per flight of stairs. Installation may run several times that figure. The geometry of the stairs will influence material cost. The lighting and surface conditions in the stairwell and the size of the building determine the installation time needed. For new buildings, many of the common problems with existing buildings in terms of ambient light levels and surface conditions can be anticipated during the design phase, reducing system cost. It may be even more important to your long term maintenance budget to choose photoluminescent paint, signs and pathway markers that are durable and are applied in such a manner that they last and do not need to be reapplied or heavily maintained. The use of photoluminescent tape for instance might seem economical from an installation point of view but when compared to using photololuminescent paint to create pathway markings, it will prove to be more expensive in the long run.
Choose a certified paint instead for the following reasons:
  • Glue Failure: its been know that glues being used on most walls do not have the sticking power of paint and have often taken a bottom coat to prepare the wall just to stick.
  • Vandalism: Photoluminescent tapes can easily be taken back off the wall by vandalism, something that cannot happen with paint.
  • Cost: The cost factor of photoluminescent tapes is enormous, and controlled by certain companies who do not want to see a cost effective product such as photoluminescent paint compete when its obviously superior to any glow tape product and far more cost effective as well as durable.
  • Maintenance: Photoluminescent paints are easily maintained because they are durable and also washable with a simple house hold cleaner.
Superior Photoluminescent Paint By Kryptaglow Metts All Safety Standards
Photoluminescent paints by Kryptaglow have already established themselves as the leading performer in the industry for paints and coatings. Their brightness ratings have surpassed any and all requirements for Safety Egress Systems. Kryptaglow paints passed the LL-26 Safety Standards set by the City of New York, is MEA certified and can be safely applied when you want to conform to ASTM Standards, IBC Codes, and other standards and codes that are designed to create photoluminescent egress systems and pathway markings to ensure occupants'safety. Kryptaglow has out preformed all of its competitors when it comes to providing a durable, tested and reliable product that will last for years and keep your maintenance costs low.

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Did you know : the difference between photoluminescence and phosphoresence?
Photoluminescence (abbreviated as PL) describes the phenomenon of light emission from any form of matter after the absorption of photons (electromagnetic radiation). It is one of many forms of luminescence (light emission) and is initiated by photoexcitation (excitation by photons), hence the prefix photo-. The excitation typically undergoes various relaxation processes and then photons are re-radiated. Phosphorescence is a specific type of photoluminescence related to fluorescence. Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs.As these transitions occur very slowly in certain materials, absorbed radiation may be re-emitted at a lower intensity for up to several hours after the original excitation. Commonly seen examples of phosphorescent materials are the glow-in-the-dark toys, paint, and clock dials that glow for some time after being charged with a bright light such as in any normal reading or room light. Typically the glowing then slowly fades out within minutes (or up to a few hours) in a dark room.[1] See; Wikipedia on photoluminescence and phosphorescence.
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