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Area of Refuge Requirements in Georgia

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Does your Georgia Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in GeorgiaKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The state of Georgia has made amendments to the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) creating its own Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code. While Georgia's current building code is largely based on the IBC 2012 Edition, there are some differences. Be sure to check local codes before building in Georgia. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in Georgia, and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in Georgia?

According to IBC Section 1007.2, accessible means of egress require an area of refuge. Areas of refuge are required in all multi-story:

The state of Georgia does not require areas of refuge in buildings with automatic sprinkler systems throughout, at stairways serving open parking garages or smoke protected seating areas in compliance with Section 1028.6.2.

Georgia Area of Refuge Requirements

2015 IBC Compliance Status

  • Follows 2012 IBC guidelines with local amendments

Requirement Exceptions

  • Two-way communication not required in areas with ramps

Georgia Building Codes

  • Doors providing access require signage
  • Doors providing exterior access require exterior signage
  • Signage must comply with ICC A117.1
  • Signage must be illuminated if exit sign illumination required by IBC 1011.3

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Area of Refuge Communication Requirements in Georgia

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of Georgia requires all areas of refuge that are one or more stories above or below the level of exit discharge are equipped with a two-way communication system like Cornell’s 4800 Series Area of Refuge Assistance system (IBC 1009.6.5). According to IBC 1009.8.1 two-way communication systems at areas of refuge must:

A two-way communication system is not required in areas with ramps, and areas where a two-way communication system is provided within areas of refuge.

Cornell’s 4800 Series Area of Refuge assistance system meets all of Georgia’s building code requirements.

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in Georgia

Area of Refuge SignageGeorgia building code requires areas of refuge are clearly marked with appropriate signage. IBC 1011.1 states:

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Design an Area of Refuge System for Georgia Buildings

Still have questions? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Cornell Communications is an industry leader in area of rescue systems, nurse call systems and more. Get a quote on a 4800 series area of rescue system or contact a Cornell representative for more information on area of refuge requirements in Georgia.

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