with revolutionary engineering design
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invention offers safe evacuation for first time
idea from Inventions, UK‑based International Licensing
Agents, looks set to smarten up the safety record of
skyscrapers. The innovative Escapaid ‑ developed in the
tragic aftermath of the Twin Towers disaster ‑ has provoked
widespread interest from manufacturers keen to contribute
towards what has, until now, been an insoluble problem.
chief Colin Cramphorn explains: "architects need to build
skyscrapers to make the best use of space; they have the
technology to build them; but they don't have the technology
to evacuate them quickly. Until now.
makes the Escapaid stand head and shoulders above the
competition? Well there isn't really any competition ‑ if
you're in a skyscraper right now and there's a fire, you'll
simply have to pray its got a sprinkler system (over 80% of
Chicago skyscrapers don't) and take your chances on the
stairs with everyone else. The Escapaid keeps you off the
stairs altogether, being essentially a staggered escape
chute. Evacuees access the Escapaid tower from their own
floor and descend, via a series of controlled falls, to the
ground level. These falls take place via a series of padded
chambers, making the whole experience rather like an
extended period on a bouncy castle; in other words, it is
safe, comfortable and non-traumatic ‑ precisely what a
system of emergency evacuation should be.
Particularly exciting for those involved in Escapaid
development is the fluid state of the global market for
products of this type. Regional building codes stipulate a
high degree of protection for the occupants of skyscrapers,
but they are at a loss to pinpoint exactly how this
protection is to be achieved. Inventions research executive
Julian Blundell remarks that, "there are over 18, 000
building codes in the USA alone. To the regulators of these
codes, the Escapaid represents a juicy prospect indeed, as
it gives them a product, which satisfies all their criteria.
Currently, their codes simply say what should be done,
rather than what can be done. The opportunities for
partnership between regulatory authority and manufacturer
are simply breathtaking. "
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