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Parametric Elevators (or Lifts)

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TestFit parametric lifts tool

TestFit’s parametric elevators tool will drop in early June 2018. It is remarkably simple and operates under three core principles…

Principal #1: Distance Between Elevators

This parameter is important to distribute verticals across a large site, or combine verticals on a super tall building. With this parameter there is a minimum travel distance between this elevator and the next elevator. A great byproduct of this is that elevators are evenly distributed across a building.

Plan your distance between elevators

Principal #2: Elevators per unit

This elevator parameter is simple enough to understand – the more units, the more elevators. While good for multifamily buildings, this tool might need to be improved for other building types, but will give users the ability to logically supply a quantity.

Elevators per unit

Principal #3: Elevator banking

If the travel distance is larger than the building footprint, and there are several required elevators based on the per unit basis, then TestFit should attempt to bank those elevators together. This creates an exponentially quicker vertical circulation scheme (as more vertical options are available) and is better overall for building and structural efficiency.

Elevator banking

The vertical circulation layer of information adds another layer of information to our practical generative design philosophy.

Stay tuned for updates!

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