Since 1950, there has been a dramatic increase in global urbanization, a trend that is projected to continue well into the future. This rise in urban density is not only restricted to emerging economies, but is occurring regardless of geographic region. This continued and steady preference for urban living, combined with a generally limited cache of space, has raised demand for high-rise residential housing, commercial office space, and multi-functional tall buildings. This is due to the fact that the tall building represents the most efficient development solution for areas with small footprints. Elevator manufacturers have responded to this ever-increasing drive to build taller with products that travel faster, use fewer or lighter materials, manage journeys more efficiently, and are increasingly energy efficient.
As buildings become taller, demands simultaneously increase for efficient vertical transportation systems. To remain at pace with these intensifications, the design of vertical transportation needs to be considered at an early stage in the design process. CTBUH is developing a technical guide which will showcase the new frontier of elevator technologies, design considerations, and example case studies. Information from multiple sources will be gathered and collated into the technical guide, which can then be used by industry stakeholders during the design stages for high-rise buildings.
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