About Notlicht | 28. March 2017
Emergency lighting in sacred buildings
The topic of emergency lighting in religious sites often leads to heated discussions in the sector. How do sacred buildings differ from other public buildings? It is dark, there are stairs and dark corners – it is not always clear where the nearest escape route is.
Although these venues often use open fires (candles etc.) and there are only one or two entrances, which are therefore the only escape routes, the guidelines prescribed in the Events Act do not apply in churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship. Usually sacred buildings used for religious purpose are exempt from ÖVE/ÖNORM E8002 or ÖVE/ÖNORM E 8002 is only applicable to the extent that this is specified in individual cases in official approval procedures.
The difficulty of emergency lighting in churches and older places of worship certainly lies in finding a historically accurate solution for listed buildings. But ÖVE/ÖNORM E 8002-2 also has separate regulations for listed buildings.