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Area of Refuge Requirements

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Area of Refuge Two-Way Communication System

When is an Area of Refuge Required?

In the USA, area of refuge requirements can change based on the state in which you live or even the local municipality in your area. There are many common misconceptions about when Area of Refuge systems are required and when they are not. Contact Cornell Communications with any questions you have on keeping your building up to code.

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Refuge Floor Requirement

Outside of the USA, which requires an area of refuge area on every floor, other country requirements according to IBC 2015, may only require an area of refuge floor every 7 floors of a building, contact the countries building code officials for regulations outside the USA.

Cornell's digital area of refuge system was developed to meet the International Building Code (IBC) requirements adopted by the United States. For more information on how each states' requirements match up, check out the table below.

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Area of Refuge Requirements and IBC Compliance by State

StateIBC Year AdoptedRequirements

Alabama

2015

Alaska

2012 With Modifications

Arizona

2018

Arkansas

2012

California

CBC 2019

Colorado

2021

Connecticut

2015 With Modifications

Delaware

2018

Florida

2018 With Modifications

Georgia

2018 With Modifications

Hawaii

2018 With Modifications

Idaho

2018 With Modifications

Illinois

2018

Indiana

2012 With Modifications

Iowa

2015 With Modifications

Kansas

2018 With Modifications

Kentucky

2015 With Modifications

Louisiana

2015 With Modifications

Maine

2015 With Modifications

Maryland

2018 With Modifications

Massachusetts

2015 With Modifications

Michigan

2015 With Modifications

Minnesota

2018 With Modifications

Mississippi

2018

Missouri

2012

Montana

2018 With Modifications

Nebraska

2018 With Modifications

Nevada

2018 With Modifications

New Hampshire

2015 With Modifications

New Jersey

2018 With Modifications

New Mexico

2015 With Modifications

New York

2018 With Modifications

North Carolina

2015 With Modifications

North Dakota

2018 With Modifications

Ohio

2015 With Modifications

Oklahoma

2018 With Modifications

Oregon

2018 With Modifications

Pennsylvania

2015 With Modifications

Puerto Rico

2018 With Modifications

Rhode Island

2015 With Modifications

South Carolina

2018 With Modifications

South Dakota

2015 With Modifications

Tennessee

2012 With Modifications

Texas

2015 With Modifications

Utah

2018 With Modifications

Vermont

2015 With Modifications

Virginia

2018 With Modifications

Washington

2018 With Modifications

Washington D.C.

2015 With Modifications

West Virginia

2015 With Modifications

Wisconsin

2015

Wyoming

2018

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