IBC - IFC Photoluminescent Egress


Required under IFC, IBC and NFPA Code.

Photoluminescent Egress Markings in stairwells has been CODE REQUIRED for 10 years.

International Fire Code (IFC) 2008

International Building Code (IBC)  2009

National Fire Protection Association Code (2012)

Most qualified new construction projects have been incorporating the required photoluminescent markings since approximately 2011. This is a requirement in order to receive a final Certificate of Occupancy (COO). Existing buildings that have not planned to or actually installed photoluminescent egress markings are "out-of-compliance" with current IBC - IFC - NFPA code requirements. When extensive renovations are performed in existing buildings triggering the issuance of a new COO, the photoluminescent egress markings are a required safety upgrade.

What buildings require Photoluminescent Egress Markings?

International Building  Code: Photoluminescent Egress Markings for exit

stairwells as required in Occupancy Groups A, B, E, I, M, and R-1 in accordance

with IBC Section 1024.  These requirements apply to new and existing buildings

over 75 ft. tall. 

Photoluminescent markings are required at the step edge, on handrails, landing perimeters and obstructions. All three Codes reference a minimum 1" wide marking stripe at each location but includes  Exception: The minimum width of 1 inch (25 mm) shall not apply to outlining stripes listed in accordance with UL 1994.

How do determine the most cost effective long term solutions.

 We manufacture, supply and install code compliant turn-key photoluminescent egress marking solutions including: Spec and Scope review, material take-offs, material and install budgeting and installation and the widest range of UL 1994 Certified products. We work with Architects, Spec Writers, General Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Property Owners and Managers to help them better understand the requirements and costs associated with bringing your facilities and projects into compliance. 

Every product we sell for Photoluminescent Egress Systems are UL 1994 Compliant.

Durable Photoluminescent Markings. Long Lasting Performance.

Ecoglo’s photoluminescent perimeter markings are made to last. The unique manufacturing process produces the most durable and highly  efficient photoluminescent egress path marking product available.  The ridges in the photoluminescent perimeter markings protect the PL  products from the most abrasive wear, while still allowing for easy  cleaning and maintenance. 

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It all starts with a phone call or an email. Let us know what type of project you are working on or application or solution you require. 

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Step Edge - Handrail - Landings - Signage

i-Luminate takes Photoluminescent Safety and Egress further then ever before. Cutting edge science helps us deliver products that promote safety, focus attention, and save energy.

Complete Turn-Key Code Compliant Solutions

 We provide code compliant turn-key solutions including: Spec and Scope review,complete take-offs, installation details, man hours required for install and materials handling. From start to finish. We work with Architects, Spec Writers, GC's, property managers and engineers to help you better understand the requirements and costs associated with complete compliance.

Is your building out of compliance? After 10 years of being required in new and existing buildings,

Facility managers have a responsibility to make sure that people can navigate in the dark to reach safety in an emergency. i-Luminate photoluminescent safety solutions provide the visual information people need to safely navigate stairs, ramps and egress areas.

All with the goal of helping you easily understand the latest IBC requirements complemented by industry leading, cost-effective product solutions. i-Luminate provides complete solutions for a wide variety of photoluminescent egress, safety, and identification applications. 

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Let our experienced inspectors review and assess your current compliance status and develop a materials and labor cost plan to help you predict and budget future compliance costs. Make sure to add to your long-term capital budgets.

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Boston Projects

MOXY Hotel


 The MOXY Hotel was completed in 2019. Located in the heart of the theater district, the building has 24 floors with great views of Boston. We worked with the great designers at Stantec and the talented teams at Manganaro NE and Lee Kennedy. 

1 Dalton


 One Dalton will be the tallest residential tower in New England at 740 feet and 61 stories tall and will consist of 712,500 square feet of residential, hotel and retail space.  Another successful project with Suffolk Construction and the dedicated PM's and installers at Automation Solutions.

Boston Garden Residential


Still under construction, the Boston Garden Residential Tower at the HUB on Causeway is quite sight to see. Looming over Boston's sports shrine: "The Gahden" And the views from the PH aren't bad either.


121 Seaport Ave., Seaport District

 The property features a 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District.  Completed in 2015.



 The Envoy Hotel allowed i-Luminate Products to work on another ADD, Inc. project in conjunction with Lee Kennedy and Associates. Another code compliant success in the Seaport District. 

The Beverly


 Located at 101 Beverly St., another project completed in the Bulfinch Triangle. This 14 story mixed use building was designed by the talented team at CBT (one of many i-Luminate has worked on) and partnered with GC Consigli. 


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From IBC to IFC and every Code in between.

i-Luminate Products carries the widest selection of Code Complaint products. From International Building Code (IBC Section 1024) to International Fire Code (IFC Section 1024) and every code in between: UL 1994, ASTM 2072, 2012 NFPA Life Safety 101 and US Green Building Council LEED. Total code compliant products makes selecting the best, most cost effective solution for any project easy because all your choices are certified code compliant for Photoluminescent Egress Markings in any environment.

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International Building Code Sec. 1024


International Building Code 2009 -- SECTION 1024 LUMINOUS EGRESS PATH MARKINGS

1024.1 General. Approved luminous egress path markings delineating the exit path shall be provided in buildings of Groups A, B, E, I, M and R-1 having occupied floors located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access in accordance with Sections 1024.1 through 1024.5.


1. Luminous egress path markings shall not be required on the level of exit discharge in lobbies that serve as part of the exit path in accordance with Section 1027.1, Exception 1.

2. Luminous egress path markings shall not be required in areas of open parking garages that serve as part of the exit path in accordance with Section 1027.1, Exception 3. 

IBC IFC Luminous markings photoluminescent egress markings

Egress path markings shall be provided in exit enclosures,

including vertical exit enclosures and exit passageways, in accordance with Sections 1024.2.1 through 1024.2.6.

1024.4 Self-luminous and photoluminescent. Luminous egress path markings shall be permitted to be made of any material, including paint, provided that an electrical charge is not required to maintain the required luminance. Such materials shall include, but are not limited to, self-luminous materials and photoluminescent materials. Materials shall comply with either:

1. UL 1994; or

2. ASTM E 2072, except that the charging source shall be 1 footcandle (11 lux) of fluorescent illumination for 60 minutes, and the minimum luminance shall be 30 millicandelas per square meter at 10 minutes and 5 millicandelas per square meter after 90 minutes.

Step Edge Markings

1024.2.1 Steps. A solid and continuous stripe shall be applied to the horizontal leading edge of each step and shall extend for the full length of the step. Outlining stripes shall have a minimum horizontal width of 1 inch (25 mm) and a maximum width of 2 inches (51 mm). The leading edge of the stripe shall be placed at a maximum of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) from the leading edge of the step and the stripe shall overlap the leading edge of the step by not more than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) down the vertical face of the step.

Exception: The minimum width of 1 inch (25 mm) shall not apply to outlining stripes listed in accordance with UL 1994.

Landings and Perimeter Markings

1024.2.2 Landings. The leading edge of landings shall be marked with a stripe consistent with the dimensional requirements for steps.

1024.2.4 Perimeter demarcation lines. Stair landings and other floor areas within exit

enclosures, with the exception of the sides of steps, shall be provided with solid and continuous demarcation lines on the floor or on the walls or a combination of both. The stripes shall be 1 to 2 inches (25 to 51 mm) wide with interruptions not exceeding 4 inches (102 mm).

1024.2.4.1 Floor-mounted demarcation lines. Perimeter demarcation lines shall be placed

within 4 inches (102 mm) of the wall and shall extend to within 2 inches (51 mm) of the

markings on the leading edge of landings. The demarcation lines shall continue across the floor in front of all doors.

1024.2.4.2 Wall-mounted demarcation lines. Perimeter demarcation lines shall be placed

on the wall with the bottom edge of the stripe no more than 4 inches (102 mm) above the finished floor. At the top or bottom of the stairs, demarcation lines shall drop vertically to the floor within 2 inches (51 mm) of the step or landing edge. Demarcation lines on walls shall transition vertically to the floor and then extend across the floor where a line on the floor is the only practical method of outlining the path. Where the wall line is broken by a door, demarcation lines on walls shall continue across the face of the door or transition to the floor and extend across the floor in front of such door.

Exception: Demarcation lines shall not extend in front of exit doors that lead out of an exit enclosure and through which occupants must travel to complete the exit path.

Exception: The minimum width of 1 inch (25 mm) shall not apply to outlining stripes listed in accordance with UL 1994.

Obstruction Markings

1024.2.5 Obstacles. Obstacles at or below 6 feet 6 inches (1981 mm) in height and projecting more than 4 inches (102 mm) into the egress path shall be outlined with markings no less than 1 inch (25 mm) in width comprised of a pattern of alternating equal bands, of luminescent luminous material and black, with the alternating bands no more than 2 inches (51 mm) thick and angled at 45 degrees (0.79 rad). Obstacles shall include, but are not limited to, standpipes, hose cabinets, wall projections and restricted height areas. However, such markings shall not conceal any required information or indicators including, but not limited to, instructions to occupants for the use of standpipes.

Exit Doors in Egress Pathways

1024.2.6 Doors from exit enclosures. Doors through which occupants within an exit enclosure must pass in order to complete the exit path shall be provided with markings complying with Sections 1024.2.6.1 through 1024.2.6.3.

1024.2.6.1 Emergency exit symbol. The doors shall be identified by a low-location

luminous emergency exit symbol complying with NFPA 170. The exit symbol shall be a

minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) in height and shall be mounted on the door, centered

horizontally, with the top of the symbol no higher than 18 inches (457 mm) above the

finished floor.

1024.2.6.2 Door hardware markings. Door hardware shall be marked with no less than 16

square inches (406 mm2) of luminous material. This marking shall be located behind,

immediately adjacent to or on the door handle and/or escutcheon. Where a panic bar is

installed, such material shall be no less than 1 inch (25 mm) wide for the entire length of

the actuating bar or touch-pad.

1024.2.6.3 Door frame markings. The top and sides of the door frame shall be marked

with a solid and continuous 1 inch to 2 inch (25 mm to 51 mm) wide stripe. Where the door molding does not provide sufficient flat surface on which to locate the stripe, the stripe shall be permitted to be located on the wall surrounding the frame.

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