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Emergency Egress from Buildings - Part II: Re-Thinking Egress Systems

Lawrence R. Eichner, PE

Continued attention is being paid to emergency egress from tall buildings as a result of the rapid surge in building heights particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The increasing height of buildings coupled with changing demographics as well as valid public concerns about the safety of tall buildings have triggered re-thinking of emergency egress systems. All design professionals should have a broad understanding of egress systems and their crucial life/safety role in the built environment. This online course is the second in a two-part series* on the topic of emergency egress from buildings; it provides an in-depth description of egress systems and the evolution of governing requirements, identifies international standards, and makes suggestions for changes in model codes to better address the needs of occupants. The course materials are based entirely on “Emergency Egress from Buildings” by Richard W. Bukowski, NIST Technical Note 1623.

* Part I: Egress Strategies, Course M464 is offered separately.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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