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Access Tile Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile: A Brief Guide

7th Jul 2023

If you're on the hunt for an affordable and totally legit solution to spruce up those tactile warning surfaces in your fancy interior projects, then you got to check out the Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile. Trust us; this thing is a game-changer! It's the only fire-resistant tactile tile in town that meets all the requirements of the Ontario Building Code and other Canadian codes. In this nifty guide, we're going to break it down for you—what it is, how it works, and why it's the bee's knees for your next big project. So, buckle up, and let's dive right in!

 

What is Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile?

 

Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile is a product that provides tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) with truncated domes for interior applications in high-rise buildings and is mandatory in buildings higher than 7 floors. TWSI is designed to alert people with visual impairments of potential hazards or changes in direction on the floor surface. Truncated domes are raised bumps that can be felt through footwear or detected by a cane.

 

Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile is made of a proprietary composite material called FIRESENTRY-X™, which has a low flame spread and smoke development rating. This means that the product can withstand high temperatures and prevent fire from spreading in case of an emergency. The product also has high slip resistance, durability, and strength, making it suitable for various environments and traffic conditions.

Access Tile® FR is fully compliant with all Canadian Accessibility Codes and meets the standards set by the Ontario Building Code (OBC) 2012 Table 3.1.13.7, ensuring that your premises are easily accessible to everyone.

 

How does Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile work?

 

Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile can be easily installed on any existing concrete surface using adhesive, anchors, and stainless-steel pins. The product comes in six different sizes and three standard colors (federal yellow, dark grey, and onyx black) and can be cut to fit any shape or radius. The product also features beveled edges that make a smooth transition between the tile and the floor surface.

 

The product works by providing a contrast in texture, color, and sound between the tile and the surrounding floor surface. This contrast helps people with visual impairments identify the tile's location and direction and the hazard it indicates. For example, the tile can be used to mark the edge of a stairwell, a vestibule to an exit stair or lobby, or a corridor. The tile also helps people without visual impairments to notice the hazard and avoid accidents.

 

Why choose Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile?

 

There are many reasons to choose Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile for your interior projects, such as:

 

  • It is compliant with Canadian accessibility codes and meets the fire safety standards of the Ontario Building Code.
  • It is cost-effective and easy to install, maintain, and replace.
  • It is durable and resistant to wear and tear, weather conditions, chemicals, and salt spray.
  • It is available in various sizes and colors to suit your design preferences and needs.
  • A 5-year manufacturer’s warranty backs it.

 

Installation guide

 

  • Place the tile on the designated location and trace the perimeter with a thin permanent marker.
  • Set the tile aside and, using a 4” diamond cup grinder, prepare the concrete within the marked location and in correspondence with the location requiring adhesive as indicated in the backside of the tile.
  • Clear away the dust with a leaf blower, then clean the back of the tile and the concrete with a rag soaked in acetone.
  • Apply Tactile Bond and Seal adhesive to the back of the tile (as indicated on the tile). The first bead should be applied thin, ½” from the perimeter edge, and a second thicker bead applied 1” inside of the first.
  • Set the tile true and square to the concrete and press down firmly.
  • While stepping down on either side of the preformed hole, drill down 3” into the concrete using a hammer drill and the recommended diameter drill bit. Drill through the tile without the hammer option until the tile has been penetrated, then with the hammer option, drill into the concrete.
  • While still applying pressure, remove the dust and any adhesive that surfaces and carefully set the supplied color-matched Axius® Fasteners with a plastic-tipped hammer. Repeat steps 6 & 7 while working across the tile from one end until all pre-formed fastener locations are completed.
  • Clean the perimeter of the tile and the immediately surrounding concrete with acetone making sure to remove any adhesive that has escaped from beneath the tile. Apply and smooth sealant around the perimeter of the tile.
  • Tape all perimeter edges.
  • Apply Tactile Bond and Seal around the tile perimeter using care to work sealant into any void between the tile and concrete interface.
  • Tool perimeter sealant with a round plastic applicator or spatula to create a cove.
  • Remove tape immediately after tooling perimeter sealant.
  • DO NOT allow floor traffic until the perimeter sealant has cured sufficiently to avoid tracking.

 

Tiles can be cut to custom sizes or to make a radius using a continuous-rim diamond blade in a circular saw or mini-grinder. The use of a straightedge to guide the cut is advisable where appropriate.

 

Takeaway

 

If you are interested in learning more about Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile, please visit our solutions section or contact us today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the best tactile solution for your project.

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Access Tile Detectable Warning System: Everything you need to know!

28th Jun 2023

In today's world, it is essential to prioritize accessibility and inclusivity when it comes to public spaces. People with visual impairments face many challenges in navigating their surroundings. That's where the Access Tile Detectable Warning System comes in - an effective solution designed to help visually impaired individuals navigate their surrounding safely & confidently. 

 

Detectable Warning Systems are not only a great way to comply with accessibility guidelines, but they are also a legal requirement under the CSA Act and other international standards. So whether you're a business owner or contractor, installing these systems can help you avoid potential lawsuits and penalties. In this blog post, we'll cover the different types of Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems to help you make an informed decision. Read out to know!

 

What is an Access Tile Detectable Warning System?

 

Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems are strategically installed in public spaces to alert visually impaired pedestrians of potential hazards or directions. These safety flooring systems are installed in curb ramps, doors, elevators, lifts, transit platforms, stairwells, and marinas.

 

They consist of truncated domes, also known as tactile paving or tactile walking surface indicators (TWSIs), which can be detected by the use of a cane or underfoot, providing vital information about changes in the environment.

 

Benefits of Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems

 

1. Increased safety for visually impaired individuals: 

 

Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems provide tactile indicators that can be felt through a cane or underfoot, alerting visually impaired individuals to potential hazards, such as street crossings or changes in elevation. These systems significantly enhance safety by enabling users to detect and avoid obstacles.

 

2. Compliance with accessibility regulations: 

 

Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems are designed to meet the accessibility requirements outlined in regulations like the CSA or AODA Act. By installing these systems, public spaces can ensure compliance with accessibility standards and create an inclusive environment for all individuals.

 

3. Durability and low maintenance: 

 

Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems are engineered for long-lasting performance. They are designed from durable materials that can withstand heavy foot traffic, extreme weather conditions, and other environmental factors. Additionally, these systems require minimal maintenance, reducing the long-term costs associated with upkeep.

 

Types of Access Tile Detectable Warning System

 

Access Tile Detectable Warning Systems are available in various types to accommodate different installation requirements and environments. The three main types include:

 

1. Access® Tile Replaceable Cast-in-Place Tiles: 

 

The Replaceable Cast-in-Place tiles are installed directly into wet 

concrete, effectively integrating the industry's foremost replaceability feature for tactile warning systems.

 

The Access Tile Replaceable Cast-in Place tile indicators are designed to be embedded directly into the concrete, providing a long-lasting and reliable tactile surface for both interior and exterior applications. They comply with Canadian accessibility codes and feature a non-slip texture to enhance safety for all pedestrians. The Access Tile Replaceable Cast-in Place tile indicators are lightweight, durable, and perfect for inside and outside applications, such as: 

 

  • Doors and doorways
  • Ramps and stairs
  • Elevators and lifts
  • Washrooms and showers
  • Drinking fountains and service counters
  • Signs and wayfinding

 

Access® Tile Replaceable Cast-in-Place Tiles are divided into types: Attention Domes and Wayfinding Bars.

 

Attention Domes:  Access Tile's Cast in Place Replaceable Tactile Attention Domes are durable and compliant with Canadian accessibility codes. Installed into wet set concrete at building exits, they provide a safe barrier-free path for pedestrians to cross and can withstand weather and wear and tear. 

 

Wayfinding Bars: Access Tile Replaceable Cast in Place Tactile Walking Surface Indicators are durable, non-slip tiles installed directly into concrete. They comply with Canadian accessibility codes and are ideal for interior and exterior applications. With Access Tile Cast in Place Wayfinding Bars, pedestrians can safely navigate the environment through barrier-free pathways.

 

 2. Access® Tile Surface Applied Tiles: 

 

Access® Tile Surface Applied Tiles are specifically designed to be installed on top of any existing flooring- providing a detectable tactile warning for visually impaired individuals. These tiles are particularly useful in alerting pedestrians when they have reached an unsafe edge. Access Tile Surface Applied Tiles offer a cost-effective alternative to wet set Cast in Place tiles, making them a popular choice.

 

The Surface Applied Tile stands out as the easiest and fastest option available in the market. It is also environmentally conscious, addressing the need for sustainable solutions. Furthermore, Access Tile Surface Applied Tiles fully comply with Canadian Accessibility codes, ensuring adherence to regulations and guidelines.

 

Access® Tile Surface-Applied Tiles are divided into types: Attention Domes and Wayfinding Bars.

 

Attention Domes: Access Tile Surface Applied Domes are affordable detectable warning tiles that are slip-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and abrasion-resistant. They're perfect for retrofitting and can be used in many situations, including transit stations, curb ramps, pedestrian crossings, parking areas, stair landings, and escalator approaches. These tactile attention domes are especially useful for those with visual impairments, as they can be felt through footwear and provide unique sound reflection for guidance canes. With different colors available, they provide visual contrast to warn the public when they have reached an unsafe edge.

 

Wayfinding Bars: Access Tile Surface Applied tiles are the top choice for Tactile Walking Surface Indicators. Easy to handle and install on large open floor areas, the indicated routes with wayfinding bars lead from the entrance to major destinations, such as an information kiosk, registration desk, stairway, elevator, scalators, or store or service doors. Access Tile offers a cost-effective and compliant solution that includes Wayfinding bars for barrier-free navigation. Access Tile Way finding bars also creates barrier-free pathways - ensuring that all pedestrians can navigate their environment safely.

 

3. AccessTile Fire Resistant Surface Applied Tile

 

Access Tile Surface Applied Fire Retardant FIRESENTRY-X Composite Technology offers exceptional resistance against fire. Access Tile Fire Resistant FR complies with the ULC-S 102.2 fire standard, limiting flames to less than 25 and smoke to less than 50. 

 

This fire-resistant tile is the first composite tile to meet the requirements of the Ontario building code. They are compliant to both building code and Fire code and mandatory in all buildings that are higher than 7 floors. Access Tile FR is a cost-effective interior solution for applying TWSI (Tactile Warning Surface Indicators) on tactile warning floor surfaces in areas such as exit stairwells, vestibules to exit stairs, lobbies, and corridors. The Ontario tactile walking surface indicators Surface Applied Fire-Resistant tile is available in three different colors and various sizes to meet the specifications of your building.

 

Features

 

  • A cost-effective approach to meet the requirements of the Tactile Warning Surface Indicator (TWSI) for interior tactile warning floor surfaces such as exit stairwells, vestibules to exit stairs and lobbies, and corridors
  • Easily cut to conform to various sizes and radius landings
  • Comes in three (3) standard colors with Federal color identification numbers
  • 5-year manufacturer's warranty
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Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing: A Comprehensive Guide

28th Jun 2023

Stairs are one of the most common and essential features of any building, but they can pose a serious safety hazard if not properly designed and maintained. Slippery surfaces, poor lighting, and lack of visibility can lead to falls, injuries, and even fatalities. That’s why it’s crucial for contractors to install stair edge nosing that provides slip resistance, step edge contrast, and luminous egress path marking.

 

One of the best products on the market for this purpose is Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing. Ecoglo is a leading manufacturer of photoluminescent and non-slip stair-nosing solutions that are durable, versatile, and code compliant. In this comprehensive guide, we will explain what Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing is, how it works, what its benefits are, and how to install it on different types of stairs.

 

What is Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing?

 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing is an aluminum stair nosing with a hard-wearing silicon carbide slip-resistance material that is integrally bonded to it. It also has a photoluminescent strip that glows in the dark after being exposed to natural or artificial light. Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing comes in various shapes and sizes to fit different applications and substrates.

 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing can be installed on concrete, wood, metal, tile, carpet, and resilient flooring stairs. It can be installed in two ways: either by gluing or screwing it to an existing surface or by casting it into wet concrete. Ecoglo provides all the necessary tools and instructions for a smooth and easy installation.

 

How does Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing work?
 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing works by providing three essential functions: slip resistance, step edge contrast, and luminous egress path marking.

 

  • Slip resistance: The silicon carbide material on the stair nosing provides a high level of friction that prevents slips and falls on wet or dry surfaces. It is also abrasion resistant and can withstand years of heavy foot traffic without wearing out.

  • Step edge contrast: The stair nosing provides a clear visual distinction between the step edge and the tread or riser. This helps people to see where they are stepping and avoid missteps or trips. The contrast is especially important for people with low vision or color blindness.

  • Luminous egress path marking: The photoluminescent strip on the stair nosing emits a bright glow in the dark after being charged by natural or artificial light. This helps people to find their way out of a building in case of a power outage or emergency. The glow lasts for hours and exceeds the emergency egress requirements.

 

What are the benefits of Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing?

 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing offers many benefits for contractors and building owners alike. Some of these benefits are:

 

  • Safety: Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing reduces the risk of slips and falls on stairs by providing slip resistance, step edge contrast, and luminous egress path marking. It also helps to comply with the building codes and standards on accessibility and fire safety.

  • Durability: Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing is made of high-quality materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions, UV exposure, scratches, and abrasion. It also requires very little maintenance and has a long lifespan.

  • Versatility: Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing can be installed on various types of stairs and substrates. It also comes in different shapes and sizes to suit different applications and preferences.

  • Aesthetics: Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing adds a sleek and modern look to any stairway and enhances the stairs’ appearance by providing a uniform and neat finish.

 

Types of Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing
 

1. Cast in Place

  • Photoluminescent: Ecoglo Photoluminescent Cast in Place Stair Nosings are durable and efficient products that enhance step-edge visibility and safety in any light condition. They are installed into wet concrete and have a non-slip material with photoluminescent technology that glows in the dark for hours. They are also eco-friendly and meet the building code requirements for high rises.

  • Non-Photoluminescent: Ecoglo Non-Photoluminescent Step Edge Cast in Place Stair Nosings are aluminum step nosings installed into wet concrete and fit to the edge of stairs. They provide step-edge contrast, anti-slip protection, and a modern look. They are made of non-slip material and aluminum with an anodized finish that is durable, corrosion-resistant, and weather resistant. They are designed for step-edge safety and visibility.

 

2. Surface applied

  • Photoluminescent: Ecoglo Non-Slip Photoluminescent Step Edge Contrast Strip is a product that provides slip resistance and step edge visibility in any light condition. It is made of non-slip material and aluminum with a photoluminescent strip that glows in the dark for hours. It is suitable for stairs that need luminous path markings by code. It is easy to install and exceeds the performance standards for photoluminescent path marking.

  • Non-Photoluminescent Surface Applied Anti-Slip Strips: Ecoglo provides anti-slip strips to prevent slips or falls on stairs in all weather conditions. Ecoglo's non-photoluminescent anti-slip strips come in three colors - black, yellow, and gray - and two sizes to fit any stairs. These durable, weather-resistant, UV-resistant, stain-resistant, and easy-to-clean strips are made of hard-wearing silicon carbide. Ecoglo's non-photoluminescent, non-slip strips provide an extra non-slip grip for steps and highlight step edges to prevent slips and falls. Ecoglo's surface-applied anti-slip strips are the ideal safety solution for preventing slips and fall on any staircase. The strips offer a secure solution for all seasons and step types.

 

How to install Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing?

 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing can be installed in two ways: by gluing or screwing it to an existing surface or by casting it into wet concrete.

 

1. Gluing or screwing: This method is suitable for installing stair nosing on concrete, wood, metal, tile, carpet, or resilient flooring stairs. The steps are as follows:

 

  • Clean the surface of the stairs and make sure it is dry and free of dust or debris.

  • Cut the stair nosing to the desired length using a hacksaw or a chop saw.

  • Apply a bead of polyurethane adhesive along the back edge of the stair nosing.

  • Position the stair nosing on the step edge and press firmly.

  • Drill holes through the pre-punched holes on the stair nosing using a drill bit.

  • Insert screws through the holes and tighten them using a screwdriver.

  • Wipe off any excess adhesive using a cloth.

  • Repeat the process for each step.

 

2. Casting into wet concrete: This method is suitable for installing stair nosing on new concrete stairs. The steps are as follows:

 

  • Prepare the concrete mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Pour the concrete mix into the formwork of the stairs.

  • Level the concrete surface using a trowel or a screed.

  • Place the stair nosing on the wet concrete along the step edge.

  • Press down gently until the stair nosing is flush with the concrete surface.

  • Tap lightly along the length of the stair, nosing using a rubber mallet to ensure proper bonding.

  • Repeat the process for each step.

  • Allow the concrete to cure completely before removing the formwork.

 

Takeaway

 

Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing is an innovative product that provides slip resistance, step edge contrast, and luminous egress path marking for stairs. It is durable, versatile, code compliant, and easy to install, and it also improves the safety and aesthetics of any stairway. If you are looking for a reliable and affordable solution for your stairway needs, look no further than Ecoglo Stair Edge Nosing solutions at your own website Tactile Solutions Canada.

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How do tactile walking surface indicators make Pedestrian Traveling safer

1st Jun 2023

As cities continue to grow and evolve, it is more crucial than ever to ensure the security and accessibility of public areas. Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSIs) installation is a vital step in enhancing the mobility and safety of pedestrians.

 

With the installation of TWSI, visually impaired individuals can navigate unfamiliar surrounding safely and confidently. These indicators serve as a tangible communication channel, bridging the gap between the built environment and the needs of pedestrians with disabilities.

 

In Canada, the use of tactile walking surface indicators is mandatory as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To learn more about TWSI and how they contribute to safer pedestrian traveling, read out the blog post: 

 

What are Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSIs)?

 

TWSIs, also known as tactile paving or detectable warning plates, are standardized patterns of textured ground surfaces that provide sensory feedback to pedestrians with visual impairments.

 

These indicators consist of raised truncated domes or bars that can be felt underfoot or detected with a mobility cane. It provides sensory feedback to individuals, alerting them to potential hazards or guiding them along a designated path. By enhancing navigation and safety, TWSIs serve as a valuable tool for visually impaired pedestrians.

 

How TWSI Makes Pedestrian Traveling Safer? 

 

TWSI, or detectable warning surfaces, are installed on sidewalks for pedestrians to provide individuals with visual impairments with important sensory information. These indicators help people with navigation, hazard identification, and direction. Using TWSI, visually impaired people can travel safely and more comfortably through the public spaces.

 

TWSI not only helps with navigation but also acts as a warning system for pedestrian crossings and hazardous areas. TWSI's distinctive patterns and colors might serve as a warning to pedestrians of the existence of busy intersections, railway crossings, or areas with potential dangers.

 

The AODA Act and the Importance of Tactile Walking Surface Indicators

 

The AODA Act, implemented in Ontario, Canada, aims to make the province accessible for individuals with visual disabilities. As part of the act, it is mandatory to use TWSI in certain public spaces to ensure the safety and accessibility of pedestrian pathways. By incorporating TWSI, the AODA Act emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their abilities.

 

Importance of TWSI

 

Enhancing Accessibility and Independence: 

 

Tactile walking surface indicators (TWSIs) are essential for improving the accessibility and independence of individuals with visual impairments. 

 

By providing tactile cues and underfoot feedback, TWSIs enable pedestrians to detect changes in their path, such as upcoming intersections, stairs, or other potentially dangerous areas. These indicators consist of detectable, raised patterns that are easily identifiable by touch, allowing visually impaired individuals to navigate confidently and efficiently.

 

Promoting Safety and Risk Mitigation: 

 

The main goal of Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSIs) is to enhance safety and minimize risks for pedestrians, especially those with visual impairments. By incorporating tactile indicators at specific locations, such as curb ramps and transit stops, potential hazards can be effectively communicated to individuals relying on their sense of touch.. This proactive safety measure plays a crucial role in preventing accidents and creating a more inclusive environment for all people.

 

Consistency and Standardization: 

 

The implementation of TWSIs, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its guidelines, brings consistency and standardization to public spaces. These indicators are carefully designed to ensure uniformity and ease of recognition, allowing individuals to navigate confidently and independently.

 

By adhering to the guidelines set forth by the AODA, businesses can create a harmonized environment where TWSIs are consistently present and appropriately placed. This consistency helps individuals with visual impairments develop a mental map of their surroundings, enhancing their ability to navigate public spaces with greater confidence and safety.

 

Places Where Tactile Walking Surface Indicators Are Utilized

 

TWSIs are utilized in a variety of locations to provide crucial information to pedestrians with visual impairments. Here are some key areas where the use of tactile indicators is common:

 

Crosswalks and Intersections: 

 

Crosswalks and intersections are high-traffic areas where pedestrians need clear and concise cues to navigate safely. TWSIs are employed to mark crosswalks, signaling pedestrians when they have reached a designated crossing point. These indicators often feature distinctive patterns, such as truncated domes, to differentiate them from the surrounding surfaces.

 

Transit Stations and Platforms: 

 

Transit platforms and stations can be challenging environments with multiple pathways, stairs, and boarding areas. Tactile walking surface indicators are strategically placed to direct people to boarding zones, ticket booths, and other essential points of interest within the transit system. This enables visually impaired commuters to confidently navigate public transportation networks.

 

Pedestrian Islands and Medians: 

 

Pedestrian islands and medians help divide busy roadways, offering pedestrians a safe space to pause during their journey. TWSIs are incorporated into these areas to alert individuals with visual impairments of the separation between vehicle lanes. By providing tactile guidance, these indicators facilitate the decision-making process when crossing multiple lanes of traffic.

 

Government Buildings and Public Spaces: 

 

TWSI plays a significant role in the government buildings, such as city halls and libraries, and other public spaces, such as parks and sidewalks, to help people with visual impairments safely and independently navigate these environments.

 

Tactile Solutions - Your Partner in Code-Compliant Accessibility

 

Installing TWSIs is a crucial step in making pedestrian traveling safer. Not only does it help to meet legal requirements, but it also improves safety and navigation for all pedestrians. 

 

At Tactile Solutions, we are committed to providing reliable, superior-quality TWSIs that meet or exceed all relevant regulations and specifications. We offer a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to meet the specific needs of each project. In addition, our TWSIs are designed for easy installation and long-lasting performance, ensuring that contractors or businesses can meet their accessibility obligations with confidence. 

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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

 

Criteria

Ecoglo

Traditional

Effectiveness

- 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

Installation

- Can be completed by any competent handyman

- Require costly installation by electricians

Maintenance

- 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. 

 

Features:  

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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).

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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. 

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

 Features

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

 

  • 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. 

 

Features: 

  • Lightweight and easy to install

  • Maintenance-free natural patina

  • It can be recycled after its lifecycle

  • 10-year manufacturer's warranty

 

Applications

  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 4.3.5.4.3.

 

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.

 

Features: 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

  • 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.

 

Features: 

  • 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.

 

Features:

  • 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.

 

Features

  • 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.

 

Cleaning

 

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.

 

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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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