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Protected Elevators and the Disabled



Richard W. Bukowski


The NIST investigation into the World Trade Center attacks has renewed interest in the deployment of protected elevators that can be used to facilitate the evacuation of occupants and access by first responders during fires and other emergencies in tall buildings. In addition, people with disabilities, who are an increasing portion of the population due to accessibility regulations, need a way of self-evacuation from any building. NIST is currently working with the building codes and standards community and the elevator and fire alarm industries to develop the technology and associated regulations needed to put it into practice. This paper provides an overview of technical issues, current work, and considerations related to these efforts.
Protected Elevators and the Disabled


Americans with Disabilities Act, fire safety, hoistways, means of egress, smoke migration


Bukowski, R. (2005), Protected Elevators and the Disabled, Protected Elevators and the Disabled, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created August 31, 2005, Updated February 17, 2017