System solutions for escape and rescue routes

Escape and rescue routes – on the safe side with the GU Group

Peoples' lives depend on the quality of escape and rescue route systems. GU Group takes this responsibility seriously: by delivering comprehensive escape door system solutions which go much further than just satisfying the relevant standards. This gives architects and planners certainty and peace of mind – from the design stage through to the finished building.

Standard-compliant escape and rescue route systems

To safeguard both escape and rescue, over recent years a number of codes, standards and regulations have been created. In addition to the increasing internationalisation of these requirements, it is also necessary to take account of demands relating to convenience, traffic, burglar inhibition and fire protection.

Building legislation requirements

In Germany, fundamental building legislation requirements are described in the Model Building Code (MBO). The requirements of building legislation are specified in the state building codes (LBO) and supplementary special building regulations, e.g. for kindergartens, working and business premises, administrative buildings and meeting places.

The most important requirements focus on the following questions:

  • How must it be possible to open doors in rescue routes?
  • In which direction must doors open in rescue routes?
  • How wide and how high must doors in rescue routes be?

Standards and directives for escape and rescue routes

  • Windows and outside doors without smoke and fire protection requirements regulated by EN 14 351-1
  • Doors in rescue routes EN 179 / EN 1125
  • German directive governing electrical locking systems on doors in escape routes (EltVTR)
  • German directive governing automatic sliding doors in rescue routes AutSchR
  • Function of revolving doors in escape routes DIN 18650

Supplementary standards and directives

  • Preventative fire protection: smoke exhaust to DIN 18232-2
  • DIN 18040 barrier-free construction
  • EN 1627 sets out the provisions for burglar inhibition of doors and assigns these to 6 burglar resistance classes

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