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  • Course Description: AEC Daily: Engineered Nonproprietary Elevator Solutions


    Elevators are integral to accessible, smooth, and efficient operations in many applications. For low-rise buildings, hydraulic elevators or gearless machine room-less (MRL) elevators are most common; this course compares the two in terms of sustainability and cost. Also presented are the history of the elevator, types of elevators suitable for installation in a range of buildings, the distinctions between proprietary and nonproprietary elevator systems, and recommendations on how to specify a nonproprietary system to maximize its long-term benefits.



    Learning Objectives:

    Summarize the history of elevators and the different types used today to provide equal access and convenience in a variety of applications.

    Differentiate between the two types of hoist mechanisms, hydraulic and traction, and describe the elevator types in each category.

    Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of hydraulic and gearless MRL elevators for low-rise buildings in terms of space, life cycle costs, and sustainability.

    Differentiate proprietary from nonproprietary elevator systems that meet the same safety standards and code requirements and discuss the advantages and methods of specifying a nonproprietary system.