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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 change based on the state in which you live, but a majority of states are based on the area of refuge IBC 2015There 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 U.S. in 2015. For more information on how each states' requirements match IBC 2015, check out the table below.

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Area of Refuge Requirements and IBC Compliance by State

State2015 IBC ComplianceRequirements

Alabama

Partial - Follows 2015 Code w/ Local Amendments

Alaska

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Arizona

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Arkansas

No - Follows 2012 Code

California

Yes

Colorado

Yes

Connecticut

No - Follows 2012 Code

Delaware

No - Follows 2012 Code

Florida

Yes

Georgia

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Hawaii

No - Follows 2006 Code w/ Local Amendments

Idaho

No - Follows 2012 Code

Illinois

No - Follows 2009 Code w/ Local Amendments

Indiana

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Iowa

Partial - Follows 2015 Codes w/ Local Amendments

Kansas

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Kentucky

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Louisiana

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Maine

Partial - Follows 2015 Code w/ Local Amendments

Maryland

Yes

Massachusetts

Yes

Michigan

Partial - Follows 2015 Code w/ Local Amendments

Minnesota

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Mississippi

Partial - Follows 2015 Code w/ Local Amendments

Missouri

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Montana

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Nebraska

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Nevada

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

New Hampshire

No - Follows 2009 Code w/ Local Amendments

New Jersey

Yes

New Mexico

Yes

New York

Yes

North Carolina

No - Follows 2009 Code w/ Local Amendments

North Dakota

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Ohio

Yes

Oklahoma

Yes

Oregon

No - Follows 2012 Code w/ Local Amendments

Pennsylvania

No - Follows 2009 Code w/ Local Amendments

Rhode Island

No - Follows 2012 Code

South Carolina

No - Follows 2012 Code

South Dakota

Yes

Tennessee

No - Follows 2012 Code

Texas

Yes

Utah

Yes

Vermont

Yes

Virginia

No - Follows 2012 Code

Washington

Yes

Washington D.C

Partial - Follows 2012 Code with Local Amendments

West Virginia

Yes

Wisconsin

Yes

Wyoming

Yes

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