Tampere firm obtains utility model for a lift solution for no-lift apartment buildings
In the Palmberg Lift Solution built by Rakennustoimisto Palmberg Oy the extension is outside the facade.
Palmberg have obtained a utility model for their Palmberg Lift Solution i.e. so-called mini-patent. The solution is a totally novel system for installing lifts in no-lift buildings where space is short and the stairwell is problematic for the construction of a lift shaft. The method makes it possible for the lift to be installed by building on to the outside the façade of the building by the stairwell. The old stairwell is refitted and the lift door comes at the same level as the doors of the apartments. The landings are then spacious and safe. A further advantage is that while the lift is under construction people can continue to live normally at home and no modifications are needed inside the apartments.
At national level the problem of apartment building without lifts has been recognised; the Housing Fund of Finland (ARA) and many municipalities subsidise the installation of lifts by up to 60 per cent of the costs. Such funding has enabled the installation of some 200 lifts in the stairwells of Finnish apartment blocks. For example, the installation of a lift in each of the five stairwells of a four-storey apartment building constructed in 1966 and comprising 52 homes is ongoing in Myllypuro in Helsinki. The residents forming the company of owners need to meet 40 per cent of the total costs, making approximately 7,600 Euros per apartment, which, with a 20-year loan, means 53 Euros per month.
The lift is a boon for apartment block residents of all ages. Young families welcome the opportunity to transport prams in the lift. Slightly bigger children need to carry bags of ice hockey equipment. Already today, and especially with the aging of the large age groups, there is a need for more municipal services and care, and in households with no lift there is special concern about the restrictions this imposes on their mobility. Having no lift restricts independent functioning and active participation in a familiar environment, and indeed, even getting abroad. Lifts in apartment blocks on the other hand serve to promote desired and even lifelong residence in one's own home. At the same time the municipalities could concentrate on increasing economically viable services in home care and health care instead of disrupting people's housing histories and pouring money into places in institutions.
Drawing of a stairwell in a three-storey building with no lift
Drawing: Olli Tasanen
Drawing of a stairwell equipped with a Palmberg Lift Solution
Drawing: Olli Tasanen
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Antti Lakka, Project Manager
Tel. +358 20 715 7152
Eeva Päivärinta, Director of Administrative Development Centre
Tel. +358 50 359 3413
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