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Ecoglo for Pathfinding Needs in Your Facility: A Comprehensive Guide!

1st Jun 2023

Have you ever wondered how you would find your way out of a building in case of an emergency, especially if the power goes out or there is smoke in the air? Or how would you navigate a dark or dimly lit venue without tripping or bumping into obstacles? Or how would you communicate important information to your staff or visitors in case of a disaster?


If you have, then you might be interested in learning more about Ecoglo, which specializes in photoluminescent exit signs and egress path markers that can provide a clear and reliable guidance system in any situation.


What is Ecoglo?


Ecoglo International was established in 1997 and has developed advanced photoluminescent technology to create high visibility stair edge nosing and evacuation route products like emergency exit signs and handrail systems that never fail. Ecoglo tactile solutions are designed to comply with international building codes to meet exit sign and emergency lighting requirements, including ULC572S, UL924 signs, NFPA 101 Solutions and International Fire Code Solutions.


How does it work?


Made with a patented manufacturing process known as High-Temperature Curing or HTC, Ecoglo products are extremely durable and have a minimum indoor life expectancy of 30 years. Compare this with mass-produced PVC products, which very quickly degrade with UV exposure. Ecoglo products are sustainable, use no electricity and cost a fraction of the electrical alternative. The photoluminescent pigments in Ecoglo products absorb and store both natural and recycled electrical light before re-emitting the energy as a glow when the lights go out.


The market overview & how it’s changing?


The market for emergency lighting systems has traditionally been dominated by the electrical industry, but the innovative technology behind Ecoglo photoluminescent systems has disrupted this practice and delivers real cost and sustainability advantages to the economy. Ecoglo products are reliable, with no lamp or battery failure and virtually no maintenance costs. All Ecoglo products have met internationally accredited testing and can be seen in many installations around the world, including Dubai's Burj Khalifa, Melbourne Cricket Ground and New York City Transit.


Ecoglo has also been installed in thousands of offices, hospitals, airports, transit and infrastructure facilities, universities, warehouses and stadiums worldwide. Ecoglo offers an ever-evolving range of products, including exit signage, step edging, path and handrail markers, fire protection signs, disaster preparedness signs, and next-generation Hybrid LED/PL Exit Sign Systems.


Ecoglo products for pathfinding: benefits explained!


Ecoglo products are designed to provide the following benefits for your pathfinding needs:


  • Step edge contrast: Ecoglo products have a photoluminescent colored anti-slip strip that provides excellent contrast and visibility for the edge of each step in all lighting conditions.

  • Visibility in all light conditions: Ecoglo products have a PL strip that glows brightly in the dark for hours, giving your patrons confidence and direction in exiting, even in an emergency.

  • Slip-resistance: Ecoglo products have a hard-wearing silicon carbide non-slip material that reduces slips and falls in all weather conditions.

  • Resistance to wear: Ecoglo products are made of durable aluminum and polymer that can withstand thousands of people walking on them without losing their luminance or performance.


How Can Ecoglo Enhance Your Safety and Visibility in Any Situation?


Ecoglo’s products are designed to meet or exceed the most stringent building codes and standards around the world, such as NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and International Fire Code (IFC) / International Building Code (IBC). They are also cost-effective, environmentally friendly, easy to install and maintain, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.


Ecoglo offers a wide range of products for different applications and settings, such as:


Exit signs: Ecoglo’s exit signs are UL 924 certified and comply with many international building codes. They are available in various shapes, sizes, colors, and languages. They can also be customized to suit your specific needs and preferences. Ecoglo’s exit signs do not require electricity or batteries, and they are visible in all light conditions.


Egress path markers: Ecoglo’s egress path markers include step edge contrast strips, non-slip strips, guidance strips, handrail strips, perimeter demarcation lines, obstacle markers, door frame markings, emergency exit symbols, and door hardware markings. They are designed to outline the exit path and highlight important features such as steps, landings, doors, handrails, obstacles, and information placards. They are also slip-resistant and abrasion-resistant.


Emergency signage: Ecoglo’s emergency signage includes evacuation maps, running man signs, fire extinguisher signs, and disaster preparedness signs. They are designed to provide clear and concise information and instructions to occupants in case of an emergency. They are also easy to read and understand in all light conditions.


Stadium and venue products: Ecoglo’s stadium and venue products include aisle and seat markers, handrail markers, step edging products, directional markers, floor identification markers, hybrid signs, and best practice photoluminescent path marking solutions. They are designed to enhance the safety and visibility of patrons and staff in stadia, arenas, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, auditoriums, museums, galleries, and other types of venues. They are also ideal for low-light and dark events.


Ecoglo vs. Traditional Emergency Lighting Backup Systems






- Can provide over 100 hours of continuous illumination from photoluminescent pigments

- Can create a clear image of the exit path by outlining steps, landings, doors, etc.

- Can show the safe exit path even in heavy smoke

- Can recharge for a 2-hour evacuation in as little as 10 minutes

- Can experience problems with partial or total failure

- Have limited operating time

- Cast insufficient light

- Can be easily extinguished by smoke

- Cast shadows that obscure the exit path

- Require a battery or generator system that could fail or take up to 7 days to recharge


- Can be completed by any competent handyman

- Require costly installation by electricians


- Require occasional dusting

- Require annual inspection and regular replacement of bulbs, batteries, or generators

Life Span

- Have a 35-year life-span

- Can be recycled

- Have a 2-7-year life-span

- Are not recyclable

Environmental Impact

- Are not radioactive or toxic and use no energy

- Use energy and generate waste


The wrap


For stairways requiring outstanding durability, safety, accessibility and service life at a competitive price, look no further than compliant workplace solutions like Ecoglo's non-photoluminescent and photoluminescent cast-in-place and surface applied stair edge nosings and emergency exit signs at Tactile Solutions Canada. Leave a lasting impression by partnering with us to facilitate mobility and independence for all building users. Trust Tactile Solutions Canada as your source for code-compliant tactile solutions.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing CSA-Compliant Attention Tactile Solutions for Public Spaces

30th May 2023

In today's world, creating inclusive and accessible public spaces is of utmost importance. Public spaces, such as rest stops, shopping centers, playgrounds, etc., must prioritize the needs of individuals with visual impairments or disabilities. 


One crucial aspect of accessibility is the implementation of Attention Tactile Solutions, specifically CSA-Compliant Attention Tiles. CSA-Compliance refers to adhering to the standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for Attention Tactile Solutions. 


These attention tiles guide and alert individuals to potential hazards or changes in their surroundings, ensuring their safety and convenience. In this blog post, we'll cover the different types of attention-tactile solutions for public spaces. 


Understanding Attention Tactile Solutions


Canadian accessibility codes mandate the installation of Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI) to alert visually impaired individuals about potentially hazardous areas, enabling them to navigate public spaces safely and independently.


These solutions typically involve the installation of attention tiles on walking surfaces. By detecting the attention tiles through their canes or feet, visually impaired individuals can gather essential information about their surroundings, such as changes in direction, hazards, or entrances.


The Code-Compliant Tactile Solutions with truncated domes are designed in various materials, colors, and sizes to assure compliance in all situations, whether inside or outside, on newly constructed or on retrofit and existing surfaces. 


Different Types of Attention Tactile Solutions 


There is a wide range of attention-tactile solutions available, mainly categorized into two types: "cast-in-place" tiles and "surface applied tiles".


Some of the best types of Cast-In-Place attention-tactile solutions are:


Replaceable Cast-Iron Cast-in-Place: 


Advantage Replaceable Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are designed in strict accordance with ASTM A-48, Class 35B Grey Cast Iron. The Cast in Place System is lightweight with exceptionally high strength and uses advanced metallurgical Engineering Science and Technology to surpass municipal standards. These tiles offer a reliable way to improve safety and accessibility in any public space. 




  • Lightweight and easy to install

  • Engineered to endure the toughest conditions, such as snow plows, overweight vehicular loads, and heavy pedestrian traffic

  •  10-year manufacturer’s warranty


AccessTile Cast-In-Place Attention Domes: 


AccessTile Cast in Place Replaceable Tactile Attention Domes are leading the way in durability and detectability for tactile systems. This Canadian accessibility code-compliant Cast in Place truncated attention domes are suitable for all environments, providing top-quality solutions for tactile infrastructure products.


Access Tile Replaceable Cast in Place attention domes are installed in wet concrete at building exits near areas with moving vehicles. These detectable warning surfaces visually contrast the ground and provide a different texture to alert the people and help them navigate safely. These Replaceable Cast in Place tactile surface indicators are durable, weather-resistant, and proven to withstand wear and tear.




  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • The most cost-effective method of new curb ramp applications
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Advantage Tactile Systems One Plate With Domes: 


Advantage ONE Plate Tactile Walking Surface Indicators(TWSI) are designed for all interior accessibility solutions. They incorporate a textured stainless steel surface for long-lasting slip resistance. These products undergo rigorous testing to surpass guidelines set by AODA, CSA, ISO, and building codes at provincial and national levels.




  • Resistant to heavy traffic abuse and maintenance machinery
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Advantage Tactile Systems Cast Iron: 


Advantage Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are a reliable and time-tested solution for improving accessibility and safety. They offer several benefits, including aesthetic appeal, long-lasting durability, and a built-in slip-resistant surface for enhanced traction.




  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • ASTM A48, Class 35B Grey Cast Iron
  • 10-year manufacturer’s warranty


Armor Tile Tactile System Cast-In-Place: 


Armor-Tile Cast in place truncated domes are designed from a diamond-hard vitrified polymer composite material, making them an industry leader for their durability, strength, weather, and wear resistance. 


The applications of tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) extend beyond their use in truncated domes. They are also suitable for curb ramps, escalator approaches, parking areas, transit platforms, top-of-stair landings/wheelchair ramps, multimodal transit stations, pedestrian crossings, and vehicular passageways.


Armor Tile cast-in-place domes meet all the requirements set by Canadian accessibility codes such as AODA, CSA, ISO, as well as provincial and national building codes (specifically Ontario's tactile walking surface indicators).




  • The most cost-effective method for new curb ramps 
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Some of the best types of Surface Applied Tiles attention-tactile solutions are:


AccessTile Surface Applied Attention Domes: 


Access Tile Surface Applied Domes are the industry leader in affordable detectable warning tiles used for any retrofit job. They are ideal for various applications, such as multimodal transit stations, curb ramps, accessible pedestrian crossings, parking areas, tops and bottoms of stair landings, escalator approaches, and many more to alert the public when they're about to reach an unsafe edge.


These Tactile attention domes are useful for people with visual impairments, as they can be felt through footwear. These attention domes are also designed with unique sound reflections for those with guidance canes. This helps them differentiate between Access Tile surface tiles and concrete, allowing for safe and detectable navigation of curb endings.




  • A cost-effective method of retrofitting an existing curb ramp application
  • Light weight and easy to handle
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Advantage Tactile Systems Single Domes: 


The Advantage One Stainless Steel Dome Tactile System is a special and useful tactile solution for increasing safety and accessibility. These individual attention domes feature a permanent slip-resistant texture integrated into the stainless steel. Advantage One Individual Attention Domes are drilled and fastened directly into the ground and are specifically designed for all interior accessibility solutions.




  • Resistant to heavy traffic abuse and maintenance machinery
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Eon Tile Rubber Attention Domes Tile: 


Eon Tile Rubber Attention Domes are durable and flexible tactile indicators ideal for designing and constructing high-quality commercial, institutional, and public spaces.


Eon Tile Attention Domes warn pedestrians, especially the visually impaired, about drop-off edges and areas without curbs or barriers to separate the pedestrian route from a vehicular traffic route. 




  • Appropriate for both initial installation and surface retrofit 
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Elan Tile Porcelain Attention Domes Tile: 


Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicator Attention Domes are designed for style, engineered for performance, and suitable for interior and exterior applications. Elan Tile offers highly durable and versatile walking surface indicators to alert pedestrians of potential hazards conditions ahead, indicating the end of a curb or an edge drop-off. Elan Tile Porcelain Attention Domes are fully compliant with the Canadian Accessibility code.




  • Versatile and easy installation for interior and exterior environments
  • Exceptional resistance to thermal shock, deep abrasions, and frost
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Armor Tile Tactile System Surface Applied: 


The Armor-Tile surface applied tiles offer a cost-effective solution for retrofitting sidewalks. These tiles comply with Canadian accessibility codes, including AODA, CSA, ISO, and provincial and national building codes, specifically for Ontario's tactile walking surface indicators.




  • A cost-effective method of retrofitting existing sidewalks
  • Lightweight and easy to handle 
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


AccessTile Fire Resistant Tile with Attention Domes: 


AccessTile Fire Resistant Tile with Attention Domes is an effective way to enhance accessibility and safety in high-risk areas. This Surface Applied fire-resistant tile, which meets the Ontario building code requirements, is their first composite tile.  These fire resistant Access tile is mandatory in high rise buildings with more than 7 floors.


Access Tile FR is the cost-effective interior solution for applying TWSI tactile warning surface indicators on floors, specifically in exit stairwells, vestibules, lobbies, and corridors. These Surface Applied Fire-Resistant tiles comply with building specifications in Ontario.




  • Beveled edges make for a smooth transition that meets Canadian Accessibility Codes
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
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Tactile Walking Surface Indicators: Design Requirements & Installation Guide

29th May 2023

Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSIs), also referred to as detectable warning surfaces or tactile attention indicators, serve as standardized walking pathways that convey vital information to individuals with visual impairments through the use of distinctive textures and occasionally auditory cues.


These surfaces are typically constructed using inserts made of various materials such as metal, rubber, stone, or plastic, or they can be directly integrated into concrete ground surfaces. TWSIs are designed to offer a discernible texture underfoot, detectable by a long cane. Furthermore, their edges are intentionally angled or bevelled to minimize the risk of tripping.


Two main categories of TWSIs exist:


Attention TWSIs, also known as warning TWSIs, draw awareness to significant hazards such as the commencement of a staircase or the perimeter of a platform.


Guidance TWSIs, alternatively called wayfinding TWSIs, provide directional information within open spaces, aiding individuals in navigating along designated paths.


TWSIs should exhibit a noticeable contrast in color compared to the surrounding walking surface. For attention TWSIs, the recommended color is safety yellow (Munsell Colour System: hue 5.0, chroma yellow 8.0/12). Another effective approach involves using a light hue on a dark ground surface or a dark hue on a light ground surface. To clearly distinguish warning information from guidance information, it is advised not to employ safety yellow for guidance TWSIs.


When TWSIs are installed as pre-fabricated panels or affixed onto existing ground or floor surfaces, the panels themselves should feature bevelled edges. The base surface of the TWSI panels should not exceed three millimeters above the existing surface. While surface-mounted installations are less than ideal, they may be considered only when alternatives such as cast-in-place or recessed installations are not feasible.


TWSIs should always be attached firmly to prevent edges from lifting.


Attention Tactile Walking Surface Indicators


Attention Tactile Warning and Safety Indicators (TWSIs) play a crucial role in conveying vital safety information to individuals present in potentially hazardous areas, especially those with visual impairments. Their primary purpose is to serve as markers for identifying potential dangers. It is imperative to maintain uniform safety messaging to ensure that individuals with visual impairments can readily identify precarious situations regardless of their location, be it a town or province.


TWSIs should comprise circular or flat-topped truncated domes or cones that are securely installed on pedestrian surfaces.


Attention TWSIs should have the following specifications:


  • Flat-topped truncated domes or cones should be used, arranged in a square grid pattern, parallel or diagonal at 45 degrees to the main direction of travel.
  • The height of the flat-topped domes or cones should be four to five millimetres. In interior environments with exceptionally smooth surfaces, such as polished concrete or terrazzo, the minimum height of four millimetres is preferred.
  • The diameter of the top of the flat-topped domes or cones should be between 12 and 25 mm.
  • The diameter of the lower base of the flat-topped domes or cones should be 10 mm (+/- 1 mm) more than the diameter of the top.


The spacing between adjacent flat-topped domes or cones should be adjusted depending on their size. The larger the individual domes/cones, the more distant the space between them.


Attention TWSIs should be used at the following locations:

  • Platform edges
  • Ferry dock edges
  • Edges of reflecting pools and fountains those are unprotected at ground level
  • Tops of stairs, at landings where there is a door leading onto the landing
  • At landings longer than 2,100 mm where there are no continuous handrails
  • Both sides of ground-level railway crossings
  • Curb ramps and depressed curbs
  • Unprotected edges with a drop-off greater than 250 mm in height
  • Unprotected edges where the slope down is greater than 1:3 (33 per cent)
  • Entry points to vehicular routes where no curb or other element separates pedestrians from vehicles
  • At the beginning of ground-level moving walkways (e.g., used in airport terminals)


Attention TWSIs used on platforms, ferry docks and other drop-offs should be:

  • 600 – 650 mm deep
  • Located at the edge of the drop-off
  • Running the full length of all unprotected platform/dock edges that border the drop-off


At stairs, attention TWSIs should commence one tread depth back from the leading edge of the nosing at the top step and extend across the width of the stairs. The attention TWSI alerts a person with vision loss that there is a set of stairs ahead and to seek the support of a handrail for safe navigation. The depth of the TWSIs used at the top of stairs should be 600 – 650 mm.


At railway crossings, attention TWSIs should be located so that the edges of TWSIs are 1,800 – 4,600 mm from the centre line of the nearest rail. Attention TWSIs should be installed in addition to any mechanical barriers that are activated with the arrival of trains.


Attention TWSIs should be provided across the entire width of a curb ramp or depressed curb (exclusive of flares). They should be set back 150 – 200 mm from the curb’s edge and extend 600 – 650 mm in the direction of travel.


Guidance Tactile Walking Surface Indicators


Guidance TWSIs should consist of a pattern of parallel, flat-topped, elongated bars that extend in the direction of travel.

Guidance TWSIs are appropriate at the following locations:

  • Transit stops
  • Train stations
  • Subway or light rail transit (LRT) platforms
  • Airports
  • Sports arenas and stadiums
  • Large open spaces (e.g., public squares)
  • In the door areas of expansive open areas (e.g., shopping malls)


Follow these specifications for guidance TWSIs:

  • Where installed to define a route, their width should be 250 – 300 mm.
  • Where installed across a route as an indicator of an amenity or diverging route, their width should be 600 – 650 mm.
  • They should have a minimum continuous clearance of 600 mm on both sides.
  • The height of the bars should be four to five millimetres.
  • The top of the flat-topped elongated bars should have a width between 17 and 30 mm.
  • The bars should be colour contrasted to surrounding surfaces to make them easily identifiable by people with low vision.
  • The width of the base of the bars should be 10 mm (+/- 1 mm) wider than the top.
  • The top length of the bars should be at least 270 mm. If drainage is a concern, a space of 10 – 30 mm should be provided at the ends of the bars.
  • The spacing between adjacent flat-topped bars should be adjusted depending on the size of the bars. The larger the individual bars, the more distant the space between them.
  • Attention TWSIs should be used along tactile guidance paths to identify turns and other decision-making points. The attention TWSIs should be configured in a square pattern centred on the guidance TWSIs, with each side of the square being 600 mm – 650mm.


An alternate type of guidance TWSI should be used on road surfaces to assist persons with vision loss to navigate complex road crossings including, but not limited to crossing at:

  • Roundabouts, also known as traffic circles
  • Mid-block crossings with four or more lanes
  • Skewed intersections
  • Offset crossings


TWSIs used on road surfaces are clearly different and distinguishable from the guidance surfaces used in pedestrian areas. Guidance TWSIs on road surfaces at pedestrian crossings should:

  • Be configured as a straight path
  • Be 250mm - 300mm wide
  • Be detectable underfoot
  • Be detectable with a long cane
  • Be at least 50% colour/brightness contrasted with adjacent road surfaces
  • Not present a tripping hazard
  • Not present a barrier for persons who use wheelchairs or other types of mobility devices
  • Be configured to mitigate damage from snow-plowing
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Navigating Public Spaces - Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding!

19th May 2023

Have you ever lost your way or been disoriented in a public space? Well, a lot of people frequently go through this, especially those with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities. In these situations, tactile solutions for wayfinding can be incredibly helpful. 


These tactile wayfinding solutions are designed to make it easier for people to navigate around public spaces. It also benefits organizations to stand out from competitors by making visitors' experiences more accessible. In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of tactile solutions for wayfinding: 


What are Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding?


Tactile solutions for wayfinding provide individuals with a physical path to follow, enabling them to navigate public spaces independently. It refers to the utilization of wayfinding bars in public spaces to help people with navigation.


Tactile solutions with wayfinding bars are employed in areas with no risk but still, a need to provide a safe path for the visually impaired. The code-compliant wayfinding bars are designed in different materials, colors, and sizes to ensure compliance in every situation, including indoors and outdoors, on newly constructed, retrofitted, and existing surfaces. They are available in a variety of colors and can be used in connection with attention domes.


Types of Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding


There are several types of tactile solutions available for wayfinding, each with its own features. Some of the best types of tactile solutions for wayfinding include:


Cast-In-Place Tactile CAst-iron Wayfinding Plate


Advantage™ Replaceable Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are created in strict compliance with ASTM A-48, Class 35B Grey Cast Iron. ASTM, which stands for the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a group that publishes production and testing standards for a variety of industries. These standards cover numerous materials, products & systems to enable consistency and safety among manufacturers.


The Cast in Place System has exceptionally high strength and uses advanced metallurgical Engineering Science and Technology that satisfies and surpasses the highest municipal restrictions. 



  • Lightweight and easy to install

  • Maintenance-free natural patina

  • It can be recycled after its lifecycle

  • 10-year manufacturer's warranty



  1. Tactile direction indicators should be installed in spacious and open floor areas to facilitate wayfinding by showing the primary route of travel. 

  2. Installation of directional indicators must follow CSA B651-18


Eon Tile Rubber Wayfinding Bars Tile


Eon Tile Rubber Wayfinding Bars are long-lasting and flexible tactile indicators, ideal for designers and contractors who create top-quality commercial, institutional, and public environments. 


Eon Tile Wayfinding Bars act as path makers that help guide pedestrians, including those who are visually impaired, for safe guidance around various environments. These bars are designed to comply with all Canadian accessibility codes and are available in four different colors: ivory, vogue black, smoke grey, and yellow.



  • Created from premium long-lasting polymers

  • Appropriate for both initial installation and surface retrofit

  • UV resistant for color stability and ensures optimal visual surface contrast

  • Conforms to contrast requirements (based on adjacent surfaces)

  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Advantage Tactile Systems Single Bars


The Advantage One Stainless Steel Wayfinding Individual Bars Tactile System has an integral texture built into the stainless steel that makes it slip-resistant and permanent.


The Individual Wayfinding Bars are proven to be more durable, exceeding any detectable warning product on the market, setting the leading industry standard for detectable warning products. The Advantage One Individual Wayfinding bars are installed by drilling and fastening them directly into the ground, creating a safe pathway and guidance system that is suitable for all indoor accessibility solutions.



  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

  • Resistant to heavy traffic abuse and maintenance machinery

  • Optimum anti-slip design

  • Innovative adhesive capture design

  • 316L, Marine grade stainless steel


Access Tile WayFinding bars


Access Tile Wayfinding tiles, which combine innovative and creative design elements with tried-and-true engineered polymers, processing, and material technologies, are the ultimate wayfinding solution. 


These tiles are the industry leader in terms of durability, weather, and wear resistance. They are available in surface-applied and replaceable cast-in-place options: 


AccessTile Cast-In-Place Wayfinding Bars


Access Tiles Surface Applied Directional Wayfinding bars are specially designed to be embedded into wet concrete to safely direct individuals between spaces and follow the desired path. These bars make it easier for visually impaired individuals to orient themselves and follow their intended route. Access Tile's detectable directional warning pad is a durable, lightweight, and cost-effective solution.



  • A cost-effective method of retrofitting existing public spaces

  • Lightweight and easy to handle


AccessTile Surface Applied Wayfinding Bars


Access Tile's Surface Applied Directional Wayfinding bars are an innovative wayfinding solution designed to assist individuals with navigation between different areas. These bars can be placed onto the existing surfaces to provide clear and visible guidance, making it easier for people to find their way around. They are particularly beneficial for visually impaired individuals, enabling them to orient themselves and follow the desired path more efficiently.



  • 5- years manufacturer warranty

  • Comes in six (6) standard colors to allow for mandatory contrast requirements


Elan Tile Porcelain Wayfinding Bar Tile


Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicator Wayfinding Bars are not only aesthetically stylish but also engineered for high performance. These navigation bars are constructed from the best raw materials and adhere to Porcelain Stoneware standards, making them appropriate for use in both interior and exterior applications.


Elan Tile Wayfinding Bars provide durable and versatile walking surface Direction indicators, allowing visually impaired individuals to safely and successfully navigate their surroundings.


The Porcelain Wayfinding Bars are designed to assist pedestrians in finding their way to their intended destination while also promoting safety, convenience, and adherence to applicable codes and regulations. The bars serve as a guide, helping individuals navigate their way through an area, and ensure that they arrive at their desired location with ease.



  • Certified porcelain stoneware for maximum durability and surface hardness

  • Full-body porcelain that gives a highly compact surface with extremely low absorbency characteristics

  • Not affected by stains, water or chemicals

  • Versatile and easy installation for interior and exterior environments

  • Field tiles are available in different sizes

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Expert Guide to Install and Maintain Ecoglo Safety Way Guidance System!

19th May 2023

Ecoglo photoluminescent safety way guidance systems are silent lifeguards in buildings that guide occupants to safety through the ingenious use of path marking signs, exit signage, step edge awareness, and handrail guidance. These markings create an illuminated escape route in low visibility conditions by outlining paths, noting any changes in direction or elevation, and highlighting obstacles.


When the lights go out, these markings come to life to shepherd all toward the exits. These safety way guidance systems comply with strict safety standards to ensure maximum visibility and clarity. The radiant markers lay dormant during regular use but spring into action in case of emergencies, making them the unseen saviors that guide your way in the dark.


Adherence of Ecoglo products to standards and codes


Ecoglo photoluminescent products used in path marking systems are in accordance with the following Standards: UL 1994 Luminous Egress Path Marking Systems and CAN/ULC-S572 Photoluminescent and Self-Luminous Exit Signs and Path Marking Systems. Ecoglo path marking products should be installed as per the directions in this guide.


1: Installation Instructions for Floor Identification Signs


1. Surface Preparation

  • Thoroughly clean the surface with industrial strength cleaner if necessary.

  • Remove any loose paint or sealant, then allow the surface to dry.


2. Positioning of Signs

  • Mark the position on the door or wall where the sign is to be placed.

Note: Floor Identification signs – the mounting height must be in accordance with local and national codes.


3. Placement of Signs

  • Peel the protective layer from the back of the sign to expose the adhesive, ensuring nothing comes into contact with it.

  • Line the sign up with the markings you made.

  • Apply pressure evenly over the sign to fix it fast to the surface.


4. Maintenance of Signs

  • Regular dusting with a soft cloth or brush is recommended to keep the sign clean.

  • If the sign is noticeably dirty, clean it with a sponge or cloth.


2: Installation Instructions for Step Edge Nosing


1. Preparation of the surface

  • Thoroughly clean the surface with industrial strength cleaner if necessary.

  • Remove any loose paint or sealant and then allow the surface to dry.

  • If painted or coated, check that adhesive is compatible with the paint or seal coating.


2. Alignment of the Strips

  • Mark 50mm from the left edge of the top step.

  • Mark 50mm from the left edge of the bottom step.

  • Place a string line between the marks to ensure the strip on each step will be correctly aligned.


3. Preparation of the Strip

  • Clean the back of the contrast strip with a soft cloth, and if necessary, use methylated spirits (or similar solvent) to remove oil or grease

  • Allow to dry for approximately 1 minute.\


4. Applying the Adhesive

  • Apply a 3mm zigzag bead of polyurethane adhesive (such as Wurth KD Bond and Seal or Bostik Seal n Flex FC) to the back of the strip, 3mm in from the edges.

  • Continue along the length of the strip.


Ecoglo can supply Wurth KD Bond and Seal in 600ml Sausage form with Applicator Gun.


1. Placement of the Strip

  • Line up the strip with your alignment marks and position approximately 2-3mm back from the front straight edge of the step.

  • Place in position with the photoluminescent (light green) component of the strip to the leading edge of the step (see image below).


2. Apply Pressure to the Strip

  • Apply even pressure to spread the adhesive beneath the strip using a hand roller.

  • If necessary, stand on each strip to ensure good contact between the strip and the step.


3. Allow the Adhesive to Cure

  • Immediately following installation, close off the area for a period of 8 hours to avoid the Ecoglo strip being moved whilst the adhesive is in the early stages of “cure.”

  • Wait until the adhesive has fully cured (allow at least 24 hours) before trimming any excess from each strip with a sharp blade.


4. Use of Fixers

For outdoor timber installations, both adhesive and fixers should be used because installation onto outdoor timber surfaces varies due to the uneven nature of timber, the various types of timber (e.g. pine or kwila), the protective coating (e.g. paint or sealer) and seasonal temperature variances.


Step 1:

  • Apply adhesive as per steps 3-4, taking care to keep adhesive away from pre-drilled holes.

  • Place strip as per steps 5-6.

  • Leave the adhesive to cure for 7 days before installing the fixers.


Step 2:

  • Place a screw fixer into each hole and drill in securely using a battery drill.

  • Do not fully tighten the fixers to avoid compressing the adhesive.


For timber installations, the strips should be pre-drilled through the anti-slip material. The table below shows the number of drill holes required to allow for the natural contraction and expansion of timber.


1. Maintenance of Strips

  • Regular vacuuming or brushing with a stiff bristle head brush is recommended to keep strips clean.

  • If strips are noticeably dirty, clean them with a sponge or cloth.


3: Installation Instructions for Guidance Strips


Ecoglo guidance strips are tremendously versatile and can be applied on various types of surfaces, including walls, skirting boards, floors, door frames, flat-sided handrails, and steps*. Generally, as long as the substrate is clean, flat, and dry, the product can be successfully installed.


1. Preparation of Surface

  • Thoroughly clean the surface with an industrial-strength cleaner if necessary.

  • Remove any loose paint or sealant, and then allow the surface to dry.

  • If the surface has been painted or coated, check that adhesive is compatible with the paint or seal coating. IF IN DOUBT, REMOVE THE COATING.

  • The tape is suitable for a temperature range of 0-40C.

  • Maximum installation length is 1500mm.


2. Positioning, Alignment of the Strips

  • If installing on a flat handrail or other surface, such as a wall, mark the position where the strip is to be placed. Use a chalk line, plumb line, or spirit level if necessary to ensure the line is straight.

  • If installing on steps, mark 50mm from the left edge of the top step and 50mm from the left edge of the bottom step. Place a string line between the marks to ensure the strip on each step will be correctly aligned. This will give a straight, true line.

  • Offer up the strip to the surface it is to be attached to make sure both surfaces are parallel. If the strip does not sit perfectly flat against the surface without being held in place, carefully bend the strip until it sits perfectly flat against the surface.


3. Placement of Adhesive-backed Strip

  • Carefully peel off the release-tape backing from the strip.

  • Carefully line the strip up with any alignment marks.

  • Press the strip firmly in place to ensure even contact between the adhesive tape and the surface to which it is being applied.


4. Mechanical Fixers (Screws and Rivets)

  • For handrails in schools or other places where vandalism may occur, screws (for timber, as described above) or rivets (for metal) MUST be used. Install one screw/rivet 10-15mm in from each end of each strip.

  • For outdoor timber installations, screws MUST also be used so that the adhesive tape isn’t able to lift if the timber distorts or absorbs moisture due to normal weather conditions. 5mm pan head screws are suitable to be screwed down firmly but not so tight that the tape squashes under the strip. Install one screw 10-15mm in from each end and one screw in the middle of each strip.

  • If in doubt about the adhesion of the strips to any substrate, use screws/rivets for additional security. Install one 10-15mm in from each end and one in the middle of each strip.


5. Maintenance of Strips

  • Regular vacuuming or brushing with a stiff bristle head brush is recommended to keep the strips clean.

  • If strips are noticeably dirty, clean them with a sponge or cloth.




Regular cleaning to remove built-up dirt and objects on the strips will ensure Ecoglo will continue performing to expectation. Note that the photoluminescence will continue performing even after UV exposure or exposure to moisture. The only reason for the degradation in the performance of the photoluminescence is a lack of correct cleaning.


1. Vacuuming or brushing with a stiff bristle head (wet or dry) is often enough to keep the strips clean. The glowing strip can also be wiped clean with a wet or dry sponge or cloth. Observation will determine if cleaning is required; however, a regular cleaning every 4 to 6 weeks or after particularly heavy use should ensure correct performance.


2. High-pressure water (but not steam cleaning) can also be used to clean the strips.


3. Do not use highly alkaline or acidic cleaning agents. The pH of the cleaning agents should be between pH 5 and pH 12. If cleaning agents are applied at more than pH 10, the strips should be rinsed with pH neutral (pH 6 to pH 8) solution afterward.


Ensure the Safety of Your Building Occupants with Ecoglo & Tactile Solutions Canada


Providing a safe environment for people in your building is not just a requirement; it is your responsibility. Ecoglo's breakthrough photoluminescent "Safety Way Guidance Systems" are the smart, stylish, and sustainable solution to meet safety compliance needs.


These innovative systems expertly guide people to safety in emergencies and power outages. The Path marking signs, exit signage, step edge awareness, and/or handrail guidance glow in the dark for hours, clearly marking exit routes and stairs even when the lights are out.


Don't risk non-compliance fees or harm to your occupants. Tactile Solutions Canada with Ecoglo delivers an affordable life safety and guidance solution. We make it easy to do the right thing - contact us today to experience the difference in your building. When emergencies strike, Ecoglo glows. Your path to safety starts here.

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5 Innovative Uses of Tactile Solutions You’ve Never Thought Of

19th May 2023

Tactile solutions refer to textured surfaces applied on floors, walls, stairs, and other areas that provide sensory cues for navigation and hazard warnings. Traditionally, tactile solutions have been used in public buildings to assist visually impaired individuals in accessing facilities and amenities in a safe manner. However, innovative designers and contractors have started leveraging tactile solutions in new and unique ways that enhance experiences for all.


In this blog, we explore five innovative uses of tactile solutions that go beyond standard applications. These creative adaptations demonstrate how tactile solutions can be used to make spaces interactive, immersive, and accessible to people of all abilities.


Interactive Museum Exhibits


Museums are increasingly using interactive exhibits to provide engaging learning experiences for visitors. Tactile solutions can be integrated into these exhibits to make them accessible and inclusive for visually impaired patrons as well. For example, a science museum may have an interactive display demonstrating the water cycle. By affixing tactile maps, diagrams, and Braille labels on the exhibit, it allows visually impaired children to actively participate by feeling the different textures and reading the Braille to understand the water cycle.


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg implemented innovative tactile solutions in their exhibits. Braille and tactile maps were used throughout to provide navigation assistance. Interactive displays also incorporated tactile components, such as a large tactile model of the Canadian landscape. By applying creative tactile adaptations, museums can immerse all visitors in interactive learning, regardless of ability.


Amusement Park Attractions


Amusement parks are increasingly making rides and attractions accessible to visitors with disabilities. Tactile solutions can be integrated into rides and interactive experiences in creative ways to make them inclusive for the visually impaired. For example, a rollercoaster may have Braille and tactile signage along its path to describe the twists, turns, and drops in the ride. An arcade or carnival game can have tactile targets, obstacles, and maps incorporated so visually impaired players can fully participate.


Some theme parks have introduced innovative ride designs specifically aimed at providing thrilling, immersive experiences for the visually impaired. One example is the Sea Dragon pirate ship ride at Adventure Park USA in Maryland, which was designed to activate senses other than sight, including touch and hearing. The ride incorporates tactile rails, interactive elements like ropes, chains and cannons, as well as audio effects, scents, and vibrations that allow visually impaired riders to experience the thrill of the pirate adventure.


By building tactile interactions and sensory immersion into attractions, amusement parks can create accessible and inclusive experiences that all visitors will enjoy and remember. The creative use of tactile solutions in these recreational settings demonstrates their potential to enhance engagement and quality of life for people of all abilities.


Architectural Installations


Forward-thinking architects have begun using tactile solutions in innovative ways to make spaces interactive and accentuate designs. For example, a public building may have an artistic, tactile installation in its lobby to provide an engaging sensory experience for visitors. An office tower, like CIBC Square, could use tactile pavers, railings, or walls in a creatively patterned manner to achieve a modern textured aesthetic.


Some architects are also pioneering the use of responsive tactile surfaces that actively change textures and patterns. These dynamic surfaces can transform spaces by altering ambient lighting, temperature, acoustics, and more in response to environmental conditions or user inputs. Such responsive tactile designs can create living, interactive spaces that all individuals can appreciate and intuitively navigate.


The innovative use of tactile solutions in architecture and design enhances accessibility while also pushing creative boundaries. By thoughtfully incorporating tactile elements into spaces, architects can make built environments immersive, artistic, and inclusive for people of all abilities.


Public Art Installations


Public art installations are an ideal medium for employing tactile solutions in creative ways. Many cities have interactive art fixtures that incorporate tactile components to engage citizens of all abilities. For example, a sculpture garden may have textured art pieces with Braille descriptions, allowing visually impaired visitors to appreciate the works through touch. A waterfront boardwalk could feature an art installation with tactile paths, textures, and interactive elements built in.


Some public art specifically focuses on the creation of immersive sensory experiences. These interactive artworks are designed to be appreciated through touch, hearing, and other senses in addition to sight. For example, Singapore’s Sensory Sculpture Garden has installations with textured walls, tactile models, and audio components. The artworks are meant to be experienced both visually and through touch, providing an inclusive creative space for all visitors.


Interactive public art that leverages tactile solutions in innovative ways can transform a city into an accessible open-air gallery for everyone. By giving the visually impaired opportunities to experience art through the senses beyond sight, these installations demonstrate how creative uses of tactile design promote inclusion and enhance engagement with built environments. In a nutshell, public art that thoughtfully incorporates tactile interactions serves as an inspiration for future accessible and multi-sensory design.


The Wrap


In summary, we have explored several highly innovative uses of tactile solutions in diverse settings, from museums and amusement parks to architectural installations and public art. By creatively employing tactile design, these spaces have been made immersive, interactive, and inclusive for people of all abilities. The examples discussed demonstrate how tactile solutions can be used in new and unique ways to transform experiences when implemented with imagination and accessibility in mind.

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Understanding The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

15th May 2023

Before we continue ahead to discuss the accessibility standards, it is important to understand the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. So, let’s get started!


AODA, or Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, establishes the process for developing and applying accessibility standards. The standards are developed in collaboration with people with disabilities and industry groups, as well as the government.


The government is responsible for developing accessibility criteria that organizations must meet under the AODA. Implementing and enforcing these standards will enable us to collaborate in making Ontario more accessible and inclusive by 2025.


Accessibility Standards under AODA


Accessibility standards are rules that must be followed by the government, corporations, non-profits, and public sector organizations in order to become more accessible for the common public, especially for the visually impaired.


They assist organizations in identifying and removing barriers in five areas of daily life to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Such standards act as the foundation stone for ensuring the accessibility of all in the public spaces.


Design of Public Spaces Standard


The AODA’s design of public spaces standard specifies that newly created or redeveloped public places must be accessible to people with disabilities. The Design of Public Places Standard outlines methods for making common places more accessible. For example, there are accessibility requirements for:


  • Recreational trails and beach access routes

  • Public eating areas like rest stops or picnic areas

  • Outdoor play spaces, like playgrounds in provincial parks and local communities

  • Accessible parking (on and off the street)

  • Office building lobbies

  • Indoor stairs and ramps

  • Cafeteria and lounge space

  • Indoor public spaces of apartment buildings

  • Outdoor paths of travel, like sidewalks, ramps, stairs, curb ramps, rest areas and accessible pedestrian signals

  • Indoor play spaces and corridors


Ontario Building Code includes the accessibility rules for the indoor space, whereas the Design of Public Spaces Standard constitutes the guidelines for service-oriented elements like service counters, fixed queuing lines, and waiting areas with fixed seating.

The Design of Public Spaces Standard is applicable to -


  • New spaces and buildings

  • Existing spaces undergoing renovations

  • Public sector organizations

  • Private organizations with fifty or more workers


Private organizations with fewer than fifty employees are simply obligated to follow rules for accessible facilities -


  • Recreational trails and beach access routes

  • Accessible parking

  • Service-related elements like service counters, fixed queuing lines, and waiting areas

  • Maintenance and restoration of public spaces


Accessibility in Ontario’s Building Code


The Ontario Building Code sets the accessibility criteria for most new construction and major building renovations. These contain the following requirements:


  • Barrier-free access paths of travel

  • Fire safety devices

  • Public washrooms

  • Access to pools and saunas

  • Seating in public spaces


The criteria apply to the majority of new construction and large renovations in Ontario, and they function in tandem with the Design of Public Spaces standard. Existing structures are unaffected unless major renovations are planned. Smoke alarm regulations apply to dwellings, including semi-detached houses, townhouses, and duplexes, but not to the majority of other accessibility standards.

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How Photoluminescent Exit Signs Work and Why They are Effective

9th May 2023

Photoluminescent exit signs are popular for contractors, business owners, and building managers looking for an eco-friendly, code-compliant, and cost-effective way to mark emergency exits. Unlike traditional electric exit signs that require wiring and ongoing energy usage, photoluminescent signs absorb and store ambient light, emitting a glow in low or no light conditions to illuminate exit routes.


As per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Tactile Act in Canada, and Section 1024 of the International Building and Fire Codes, properly marked emergency exits are legally required in all public buildings to ensure the safety of all occupants. For business owners, photoluminescent exit signs offer an affordable solution that aligns with environmentally-conscious values. They contain non-toxic, rechargeable photoluminescent panels that charge themselves using existing light fixtures, eliminating the need for hardwiring or electricity.


The Actual Science Behind Photoluminescent Exit Signs


Photoluminescent exit signs work by absorbing and storing ambient light energy, which is emitted as a bright glow in low or no light conditions. They contain special non-toxic photoluminescent materials, typically zinc sulfide or strontium aluminate, that get charged through exposure to natural or artificial light sources.


Once charged, these materials emit the stored energy as a bright glow for extended dark periods. The illumination duration depends on the charging period, with longer exposure to light resulting in a glow lasting up to 7 hours on a single charge. The light emitted is a bright green that meets or exceeds requirements for emergency exit visibility, ensuring the signs can be seen even at a distance in smoky, chaotic conditions.


Benefits of Installing Photoluminescent Exit Signs and Why They're Effective?




One of the biggest benefits of photoluminescent exit signs is their energy efficiency. By tapping into ambient light, they consume no electricity, saving business owners money on energy costs and reducing environmental impact. The signs only require surrounding ambient room lighting to charge, using energy that would otherwise be wasted, and they remain effective for up to 15 years without needing replacement.


Highly Durable


Photoluminescent exit signs are also highly durable, withstanding various environmental conditions. The photoluminescent material is non-toxic, moisture-resistant, and non-flammable. It will continue operating in very hot or wet environments, including outdoor areas exposed to the weather. The signs glow in complete darkness for up to eight hours after a charge, marking exits around the clock.


Reduces the Risk of Failure


An additional benefit is that photoluminescent exit signs eliminate the risk of failure during power outages. As they require no hardwiring or electricity, the signs remain fully illuminated even when the main power is disrupted. This ensures all occupants can easily spot exit routes to evacuate the building in an emergency.


Code-Compliant and Required by International Building Codes


Compliance with fire safety regulations and building codes incentivizes businesses to invest in photoluminescent exit signs. They meet the same strict standards as electric exit signs to properly guide occupants to safety in accordance with laws like the Ontario Fire Code. The bright green glow is also highly visible, capturing attention even at a distance in smoky, chaotic conditions. Did you know that according to Section 1024 of the International Building and Fire codes, all buildings are required to have luminous egress path markings installed? This includes the installation of photoluminescent exit signs, which are a great way to ensure that everyone can safely exit a building in case of an emergency.


To meet code compliance, all exit signs must be UL 924 certified, and this means that they have been rigorously tested and are guaranteed to perform when you need them most. So, whether you're a building owner, manager, or just a concerned citizen, it's important to make sure that your building is equipped with the right emergency lighting to keep everyone safe.


Photoluminescent Vs. Traditional Exit Signs


Whether battery-powered or hardwired, traditional exit signs provide illumination using a power source that requires ongoing maintenance and costs. The signs rely entirely on their power supply, consuming energy 24 hours daily to stay lit. Batteries must be regularly replaced, often within just 1-2 years, and hardwiring requires professional installation with associated labor fees. Energy usage continues even when exits are not in use, increasing utility costs over the signs' lifetime.


In contrast, photoluminescent exit signs are self-sustaining, absorbing, and re-emitting ambient light to provide bright illumination without any internal power source. They use special non-toxic, rechargeable materials that tap into existing overhead lighting and natural light from windows or skylights to charge. Once charged, they emit a glow for up to 7 hours, even in complete darkness. They require no wiring, batteries, or ongoing maintenance, saving time, money, and the environment.


Photoluminescent exit signs are also highly durable, withstanding heat, humidity, and other extreme conditions for up to 15 years without deterioration. Their non-toxic materials pose no health hazards and continue operating in wet or corrosive environments. Traditional signs, in comparison, often fail prematurely due to battery drain or electrical faults, requiring frequent replacement of components.


During an emergency like a fire or power outage, the reliability and performance of exit signs are critical. Photoluminescent signs provide continuous visibility even when main power is disrupted since they require no external power source. On the other hand, traditional signs may cease working in the event of a power failure, blackout, or distribution issue, putting occupants at risk in an already dangerous situation.


The Wrap


The choice is clear for business owners & contractors prioritizing reduced costs, improved sustainability, and enhanced emergency preparedness. Photoluminescent exit signs are a visibly better solution.

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Reduce the Risk of Slips and Trips with Photoluminescent Surface Applied Anti-Slip Contrast Strips

9th May 2023

Though we believe that our audience is well-aware and knowledgeable, it is important to understand what being photoluminescent is to ensure that exact information is delivered. Any photoluminescent object emits light after absorbing photons (carries energy), and such an object does not require additional energy like electricity to light up.


The one differentiating factor distinguishing photoluminescent tactile solutions from others is the ability to ‘glow in the dark.’ During an emergency or unavailability of electricity, photoluminescent tactile solutions provide the safest pathway and reduce the risk of slips and trips.


In this article, we will discover how photoluminescent surface-applied anti-slip contrast strips help reduce slipping or tripping accidents.


What are Photoluminescent Contrast Strips?


Photoluminescent Contrast Strips improve egress speed and visibility in all lighting conditions. In all conditions, Photoluminescent Contrast Strips provide life-saving egress lighting. These strips ensure your building fulfils the code compliance without bothering the design.


The strips are charged by natural and artificial light & glow for hours after a power failure. The best is that these Photoluminescent Contrast Strips are easy to apply and install; all you need is a premium polyurethane adhesive.


Note - The photoluminescent contrast strips can be installed with mechanical fasteners but do not use them while installing outdoors.


Engineered for Durability


When it comes to durability, Ecoglo’s Photoluminescent Contrast Strips have no match—manufactured using Ecoglo’s patented process, which produces the most robust and highly efficient photoluminescent product available. The photoluminescent strips’ distinct ridges prevent them from most abrasive damage and provide slide resistance while making the product easy to clean.


The hard-wearing silicon carbide non-slip material is integrally bonded with the aluminum substrate. Thousands of people can walk on it without incurring wear and tear. The contrast strips' durability and strength ensure they can bear heavy loads, eventually reducing the chances of accidents.


Reliable Solution for Step-Edge Safety


Annually, there is an average of 12,000 deaths by stairway accidents. The statistics itself is the statement why keeping secure surroundings around staircases is essential. Considering the same, photoluminescent contrast strips appear as the reliable solution.


The colour contrasting the non-slip material with advanced photoluminescent technology provides step-edge visibility under all light conditions. The unique ridges in the Ecoglo photoluminescent strips and the integrated anti-slip contrast strips ensure all-weather slip resistance.

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CIBC Square - Epitome of Innovation & Accessibility

3rd May 2023

CIBC Square is a stunning office complex with two office towers spanning over 3 million square feet. Undoubtedly, CIBC Square is setting the new standard for community in terms of innovation, transformation and accessibility. A perfect workspace, place to socialize and celebrate cuisine and culture, CIBC Square connects the Waterfront and Financial District, expanding and glorifying this stretch of Toronto.


CIBC SQUARE, a location for business, pleasure, and community, offers an unmatched experience in the heart of Toronto. This modern-marvel provides exceptional work environment equipped with modern-thinking features.


Annual Listening Sessions


It is really important to be empathetic towards your target audience to find the reliable solutions. The same goes with businesses and CIBC Square understands this in all sense.


Listening exercises have focused on barriers created by remote and hybrid work, as well as concerns and considerations for return to work. Topics that are brought up during the listening exercises are leveraged to enhance our human capital strategy.”


The above statement is made by Claudette Knight, vice-president of workplace design and transformation at CIBC. Let’s go a little deeper.


CIBC hosts annual listening sessions to understand the constraints and barriers disable people face every day at the building premises.


Design of Public Spaces


An inclusive design strategy was created and applied to the whole CIBC campus, including-


  • Employee space
  • Conference & event centre
  • Flagship banking centre


The design strategy fulfills the building code and industry standards for well-being, accessibility and inclusion by incorporating built-environment design principles that state the complete range of human diversity.


CIBC also incorporated accessibility elements across the structure that meets legislative requirements. Elevator destination dispatch with audio and visual indicators; accessible, all-gender washrooms on every floor; a relief area for service animals; and code-compliant tactile solutions on cautionary places and Braille signage for improved way-finding are among the features of the accessible CIBC campus.


All the new branches are built considering the accessibility needs of clients. CIBC, at a minimum, follows industry standards for all new branches, including the Barrier Free Design Standards and the Barrier Free Design for Automated Banking Machines that were established by Canadian Standards Association International.


The Canada’s Leading Accessibility Solutions Provider


One of our brands, a reliable tactile solutions provider, Kinesik has a major role in making CIBC Square the most accessible public and commercial space. We leverage the power of intelligent design and precision engineering. Our products enhance the quality of CIBC Square’s infrastructure and ensure safe passage and code-compliant exit signs.


Let’s see which products from the Kinesik’s arsenal made CIBC Square accessible.


Photoluminescent Floor/Stairwell Number Sign


Ensuring the safety of the building’s occupants is a top priority, and floor-level exit signs play a critical role in achieving this goal. The photoluminescent egress path marking system includes floor identification signs (FID) that enhance egress speeds and provide essential information for egress safety in CIBC Square.


Photoluminescent Handrail Strips


Photoluminescent handrail markings have been expertly engineered, and rigorously tested, to enhance both the ease and speed of egress for stairs with railings. Our handrail strips are versatile enough to fit in any space without distracting from the design of the CIBC Square building while providing an excellent handrail marking solution for CIBC’s infrastructure. 


They were proven to be highly resistant to UV/weathering, which helped reduce the building’s depreciation.


Photoluminescent - Slip-Resistant High Contrast Nosings


With unique ridges and integrated anti-slip contrast strips, these nosings ensure all-weather slip resistance making CIBC Square’s premises much more secure. Thanks to its leading-edge technology, it is a pioneer in the emerging supplemental (or passive) emergency lighting market.

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