These facilitations determine that the standard must only be complied with to the extent that no historically significant parts are destroyed. This applies especially to the destruction of old paintings, frescoes or stucco, but also indirectly the „overall impression“ of the building substance worthy of preservation.
If the installation of a safety lighting system would damage historical elements, an exemption can be requested at the Ministry of Economics and Labour (BMWA). Any other requirements by possible approval notices must be taken into account as well and an amendment must also be specified to the competent authority.
Newly built religious sites are also excluded from ÖVE/ÖNORM E 8002-2.
However, if sacred buildings are also used for events, safety lighting is necessary in accordance with the statutory provisions. But events, concerts or musical performances in a religious context (such as Easter Concerts or Advent concerts) are definitely not subject to this regulation.
We have developed an appropriate solution for those special cases. Our invisible emergency lighting “String INvisible“ is only visible when switched on. The INvisible light panel is completely integrated into sophisticated architectural and heritage-protected concepts. In case of emergency, the functionality reliably comes to the fore.
The next time you visit churches or other religious sites, pay attention to whether and how emergency lighting was installed. Would you like to tell us about it?
We’re looking forward to your experiences!