The Talkaphone Area of Refuge resources page provides architects, engineers, fire marshals, local building code inspectors, fire marshals, contractors, and end users with the information necessary for a project.
Regulatory Code Requirements
Area of Refuge, Area of Rescue Assistance, or two-way communication systems are required in buildings that do not meet the exceptions and requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) and local building codes. There are additional regulatory codes or standards incorporated by reference. Talkaphone has provided information as guidance for designing and building a system.
International Building Code (IBC)
The International Building Code (IBC) is adopted for use as a base building code standard by jurisdictions in the United States.
NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code) is a standard published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for installation of fire alarm systems and emergency communication systems, including Area of Refuge, Area of Rescue Assistance, and two-way communication systems.
ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities is a nationally recognized standard of technical requirements for making buildings accessible. The International Building Code (IBC) references ICC/ANSI A117.1.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) provides requirements for Area of Rescue system components, such as signage and physical placement, in new construction and alterations of buildings and facilities.