“If our emergency back-up power system fails, the Foxfire exit path markings and signage glow so brightly, anyone could easily just walk right out of the building,” said Jim Horstrup, Building Manager at University of Oregon Law Center. “You could almost read a newspaper by it! If there were an emergency, I wouldn’t worry about needing a flashlight or any other illuminating device in our stairwells. With Foxfire, the potential for safe evacuation has increased drastically.”
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The William Knight Law Center (in which the Law Library resides) is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified building. They monitor the use of electricity and heating closely. In addition to providing life-saving exit guidance, Foxfire’s photoluminescent safety products also qualify for LEED credits, which according to Horstrup “will be helpful when the Law Center applies for LEED re-certification.”
Now a part of the International Building Code and International Fire Code (which Oregon has adopted), photoluminescent exit path markings are required within the emergency escape stairwell enclosures of all buildings over 75 feet in height.