EFC was very successful last week to convince the “Standing Committee on Use and Egress” (SCUE) of the Canadian National Building Code (NBC) to send the Code change proposal back to the responsible task force to be reworked and resubmitted for consideration in the next NBC scheduled for 2015.
EFC/EEMAC members had brought their concerns forward noting the proposed change would not only be an unfair and unequal treatment of competing electrical and photoluminescent technologies, but also result in a significant reduction in safety of building occupants in many emergency situations. Our lighting committee asked EFC to become engaged in the Code revision process.
The main essence of the concern was the removal of the NBC 2010 code requirement for all signs to be ‘continuously illuminated’. The problem being this requirement was not replaced by an alternative technology neutral measureable performance objective to provide an equivalent look, colour and appearance, and equally important consistent level of contrasting visibility, legibility under all anticipated lighting conditions. This is particularly important considering Canada is still transitioning from the textual Exit/Sortie signage to the international ISO graphically ‘running man’ symbol on a green background, where different signs could promote occupant uncertainty and confusion resulting in hesitation, extending the time to exit a building thus increasing risk of exposure to multiple hazards or worse. For further information, contact Bill Bryans.