As result of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, code provisions for emergency egress from tall buildings are being re-examined. There is renewed interest in the use of elevators for both occupant egress and fire fighters access. A result of this review was a Workshop on the Use of Elevators in Fires and Other Emergencies held on March 2-4, 2004. This workshop was co-sponsored by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. Access Board, and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
The Workshop focused on two general topics:
(1) Use of Elevators by Fire Fighters
(2) Use of Elevators for Egress
The workshop consisted of Plenary Sessions during which selected papers were presented, as well as Breakout Sessions for attendees to brainstorm various ideas and develop recommendations. The goal of the workshop was to come up with concrete proposals that can be put forth to the various code-writing groups to help improve codes and standards.
This site contains the following information:
2) Conference Proceedings (papers which were selected for presentation at the Workshop during Plenary session)
3) Powerpoint Presentations (the resulting presentations developed from Breakouts Sessions)
4) Conference Follow-up Considerations (resulting considerations and recommendations from Workshop Steeering Committee)
Please contact Geraldine Burdeshaw, Secretary of the A17 Committee at (646) 369-4467, should you have any questions.