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If there is an elevator inside a dwelling unit, does the upper floor require disabled refuge area?

Question asked by ben_oregan on Oct 28, 2020
Latest reply on Oct 31, 2020 by milt.werner

Does anyone see any issues with putting an elevator in a dwelling unit?  


I'm involved in some developments in which the architect wants to put 2 story elevators in double story apartments and double story houses.  The problem I have with this is that NFPA 101 says that all areas of a building which are accessible to people with sever mobility impairment must also have accessible means of egress.  Also NFPA 101 says that (with few exceptions), you can't use an elevator as a means of exit access. This would seem to preclude putting an elevator in a dwelling unit because the upper floor wouldn't have access to an accessible means of egress.   I understand this to mean that if you have an elevator in a building, you need to make sure that disable people can get to safety without using that elevator.  These buildings will need to comply with NFPA 101.