KUALA LUMPUR: Having a lift in the house may become a norm in the near future as more people realise the benefits of having one. According to Antah Schindler Sdn Bhd managing director Noky Wong, residential elevators are expected to become a trend in homes going forward as they provide a convenience for comfortable living.
In a media briefing to introduce its residential elevator model Schindler 3300 AP here yesterday, Wong said home elevators have become a necessity for some people especially the elderly, to help bring them from one floor to another. Safety is often the main reason for using residential elevators, he added.
He noted that the Schindler 3300 AP conforms to international safety standards such as the European Lift Standards, EN 81, with automatic evacuation to the nearest floor in case of power failure.
“The elevator is equipped with electro-mechanical doors that prevent passengers from reaching out of the elevator when it is moving and the infra-red door sensors automatically reopen the doors if an object or person is detected while the doors are closing. This lift is suitable for low-rise buildings of below 20 levels.
|From left: Wong, Leong and Ang with a model of Duta Kinrara.|
“It uses a 85mm traction shaft that requires a much smaller motor than an ordinary lift while the car is made of honeycomb material. With these, the whole elevator is smaller and lighter, and needs about 40% less energy compared with normal lifts,” he added.
Also at the briefing was Pilot Realty & Development Sdn Bhd, developer of Duta Kinrara. The Schindler 33000 AP will be installed in all houses at Duta Kinrara.
Duta Kinrara is a residential development in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong. Comprising 24 semi-detached houses and five bungalows on an elevated site next to the Ayer Hitam forest reserve, this freehold project has a gross development value of RM120 million.
Wong said the lift was launched last year in Malaysia and Duta Kinrara is the first sizable project to install it.
Pilot Realty & Development director C K Ang said the elevator constitutes 5% of the cost of the project. The elevator also features green elements, which suit the concept of its
development. The development is targeting a Green Building Index (GBI) rating upon its completion in two years.
The motor is installed at the doorframe of the top floor, and there is no additional structure above of the roof. The flat area at the roof, Ang said, will be used for a solar-heating system. Celebrity interior designer Eric Leong was also present at the media briefing.
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