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Shanghai Releases New Residential Elevator Standard

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Shanghai officials have released a safety technical standard for elevators in residential buildings, Shine reported on July 22. The standard ranges from selecting equipment to maintenance. Installation of elevators primarily takes three factors into consideration: the structure of existing buildings; safe operation; and passenger comfort, especially for older residents. The Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation, which released the standard, covered several aspects of elevators in residential buildings. For example, the drop height between elevator cars and the ground should be controlled within ±15 mm, to reduce the risks of falling among seniors entering or exiting the lift, and to facilitate those using wheelchairs. The standard also covers lighting and ventilation. Shanghai has a goal of installing more than 1,000 new elevators by the end of 2021.

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