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Area of Refuge Requirements in Illinois

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Does your Illinois Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in IllinoisKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The 2009 International Building Code (IBC) is in effect throughout the state of Illinois. However, there are some differences in major cities like Chicago. Be sure to check local codes before building in Illinois. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in Illinois, and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in Illinois?

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 Illinois 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.

Illinois Area of Refuge Requirements

2015 IBC Compliance Status

  • Follows 2009 IBC guidelines with local amendments

Requirement Exceptions

  • Two-way communication not required in areas with ramps

Illinois 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 1011.2

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Area of Refuge Communication Requirements in Illinois

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of Illinois 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 1007.8.1 and 1007.8.2 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 Illinois’s building code requirements.

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in Illinois

Area of Refuge SignageIllinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois.

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