Emergency lifts under the Building Code of Australia are required in all buildings over 25m in height and any class 9a building in which patient care areas are located at a level that does not have direct egress to a road or open space. Emergency lifts are nominated as critical essential safety measures in these types of buildings by the building surveyor/ building certifier.
Emergency lifts are provided for the fire services quick response to a fire emergency fire evacuation and also provides rapid evacuation of individuals who may be incapacitated.
Building Code of Australia
Clause E3.4 of the BCA sets out the requirements for the installation of emergency lifts including allowing it to be combined with a passenger lift under a building approval.
The following illustration depicts when emergency lifts are required in a building.