Shanghai authorities have announced that all new residential buildings over four-stories high will from June be required to have an elevator, a move that will bring relief to the city’s senior citizens.
Currently, only residential properties over six stories, or 16 meters high, are required to have a lift, according to a Shanghai Daily report.
“Shanghai has one of the fastest growing elderly populations in China, and older people need elevators in their buildings,” an official with the local construction authority told the paper.
As well as the requirement for newly built properties, local authorities are planning to install elevators in older residential buildings.
The city government has launched a trial scheme to install lifts in several buildings whose residents are mostly elderly. The selected properties are in Yangpu, Changning, Hongkou, Jing’an and Xuhui districts, and the Pudong New Area.
As well as the lift requirement for new buildings, the revised construction design standard states that all new apartment blocks standing more than 100 meters must have a whole floor set aside as an emergency shelter, according to the report.
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