Area of Refuge Requirements in Iowa

Does your Iowa Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in IowaKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The state of Iowa follows the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) for state-owned buildings, Board of Regents facilities, modular homes, manufactured homes and commercial buildings. It also follows the 2015 IBC for state-financed or school-owned buildings but only in jurisdictions without their own building code. Seem a bit confusing? Don't worry. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in Iowa and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in Iowa?

According to IBC Section 1007, accessible means of egress require an area of refuge. Areas of refuge are required in all multi-story:

The state of Iowa 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.

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Area of Refuge Communication Requirements in Iowa

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of Iowa 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 Rescue 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, near freight elevators or near service elevators that are not designated as part of the accessible means of egress.

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

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in Iowa

Area of Refuge SignageIowa building code requires areas of refuge are clearly marked with appropriate signage. IBC 1009.9 states:

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Design an Area of Refuge System for Iowa 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 Iowa.

Contact Cornell Communications for more information on area of refuge systems in Iowa.

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