SAFTI FIRST Code Considerations Quarterly
Reinventing Stairways to Promote Health, Productivity
Code Considerations #12 September 2014

Just two minutes of stair climbing a day can prevent the pound of weight that the average American adult gains each year. Research and experience tells us that centrally located, spacious, appealing staircases will encourage use. Active design seeks to convert stairwells “originally conceived as rarely-to-be-used contingencies…bare and unappealing, the doorways solid and downplayed” into well-designed stairways with transparent, fire resistive glass walls that let in daylight, carry corporate branding and provide safe egress for building occupants to use in an emergency. Today’s fire rated glazing and framing products offer building materials that support design efforts to make stairs more visible, appealing and safe.

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