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40 Years of Elevator-Code Standardization

By Elevator World | May 1, 2012

An overview of the history and role of various industry codes This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN)/Technical Committee (TC) 10 Lifts, Escalators and Moving Walks Committee, held in January 1972. However, attempts at code standardization initially began in Europe in the 1950s. When international…

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U.S. DOJ Adopts New ADA Accessibility Standards

By Elevator World | November 1, 2011

An overview of recently adopted regulations and their impact on vertical-transportation accessibility On July 26, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act/Architectural Barriers Act (ADA/ABA) Accessibility Guidelines as the enforceable 2010 Standards for Accessible Design for ADA Titles II and III. These titles regulate state and local governments, as…

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European Lift Standard EN 81 Improves Safety

By Elevator World | October 1, 2011

A look at how EN 81 has harmonized critical regulations aimed at improving safety throughout the European Union by Dipl.-Ing (FH) Werner Rau Standards guarantee that various lift types (configurations) comply with uniform safety requirements. European standard EN 81, which is relevant for lift manufacturers, ad-dresses the safety rules applicable to the construction and installation…

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Certification of Doors According to Safety and Fire Rating Standards: A Worldwide Perspective

By Elevator World | May 1, 2011

Already accepted in many countries, the acceptance of safety and fire rating standards is growing. Shared rules and codes enable continuous improvements and increasing safety levels for lift installations. Safety and fire rating standards such as EN 81-1/2 and EN 81-58 are already accepted in many countries, and their acceptance is growing; shared rules and…

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Three Steps toward Energy-Efficient Lift Systems

By Dieter Roas | January 1, 2011

Certification of Lifts per VDI 4707 The energy consumed by lifts makes up a considerable part of a building’s total energy costs, making energy-efficient lift systems more and more significant. We look at three steps that determine the energy efficiency of a lift system. by Dieter Roas, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service Energy-efficient lift systems are…

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