While I think that regulation is stupid I don't really see the bid deal besides the added cost when renovating. Its not like he banned or in anyway limited access to elevators. He is just making the stairs seem friendlier. I doubt it will actually change behavior but its far from a nanny state move.
I have to say I am kind of torn on this. Primarily, this is "a new initiative [...] aimed at encouraging office workers to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Under legislation proposed by the mayor, all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation would be required to give occupants access to at least one stairwell, as well as post signs near elevators pointing to nearby stairs."
On one hand, I think having more access to useable stairwells would be a nice feature. I personally cannot use the stairs in my office building because the doors on each floor are locked from inside the stairwell. That is, you can enter the stairwell from the floor you are on, but the door locks behind you. Once in the stairwell, you can only exit at the ground floor.
On the other hand, I tend to chafe at things being mandated (like the signage) and can imagine it added cost and headaches for architects for something that ultimately won't get used a lot in many highrises. I'm over ten floors up and I would wager that less than 20% of the people on this floor would make that hike - and we have a number of fitness oriented people on this floor.
Last edited by Scrappy Jack; 07-18-2013 at 10:06 AM.
Someone please point me to the clause in the Constitution (state or fed level) where this stuff is the business of government at all.
Taking the stairs? Good.
Gov't mandated? Very bad.
Just to be clear, no government agent is mandating that anyone must take the stairs.
The government is trying to mandate the availability of useable and accessible stairwells for those people that wish to use them. At most, the govt is trying to mandate signage and some changes to doors.
im trying to figure out what building doesn't already by code, require the above -- minus the signage and opened door.
Originally Posted by Scrappy Jack
I personally cannot use the stairs in my office building because the doors on each floor are locked from inside the stairwell. That is, you can enter the stairwell from the floor you are on, but the door locks behind you. Once in the stairwell, you can only exit at the ground floor.
Read your own thread. I'm so sick of having to spoonfeed you lazy, liberal, socialist Millenials!
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