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Aaron Vanney
Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen Associates, Chicago
“Protection of Elevators for Building Evacuation:
Code Requirements, Design and Case Studies”

This presentation identifies the past code requirements of the International Building Code and the Building Construction and Safety Code for the protection of elevators. These requirements will also be compared to those adopted in Europe (EN 81), China (National Standards of the People’s Republic of China), and Korea (Korean Building Code). The differences include rating of elevator shafts, access to elevators, and emergency controls. This presentation will also include case studies of designs of various projects that have used elevator assisted evacuation and will conclude with a review of the latest requirements permitting the use of elevators during an evacuation.


Aaron F. Vanney, P.E., LEED® AP is a Senior Consultant for RJA International located in Dubai, UAE. Mr. Vanney specializes in international projects including super-tall buildings, sustainable design, mixed use developments, casinos, and convention centers. He has focused his project work in code consulting, developing building fire and life safety strategies and performance-based design.

Since joining RJA in 2005, Mr. Vanney has participated in the design of the world’s tallest building, has lead teams in the commissioning of the newly developed casino’s in Macau, and has managed a variety of super-tall building projects throughout the world. His notable projects include Burj Dubai, Masdar Headquarters, the Venetian Casino Macau, and Infinity Tower @ Dubai Marina.

Mr. Vanney’s engineering and consulting background provides the basis for developing unique fire protection solutions that achieve an adequate level of life safety without compromising the architectural design. Mr. Vanney is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). He is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering. Based in the RJA International Dubai office, he can be reached at +971 4 323 7120 or via e-mail at avanney@rjagroup.com.

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