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      Evaluation of Escape Route Design in Public Multi-Storey Housing in Malaysia for Elderly Occupants

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          Public multi-storey residential buildings in Malaysia are dependent on the passive design approach to ensure maximum safety during an emergency. Elements of escape route design include corridors, exits and staircases. This paper evaluates the escape route distance and duration for the elderly to evacuate the building to safety using Pathfinder simulations. The results show that the staircase has a significant contribution towards providing fast evacuation. Meanwhile, varying the width of the exit doors and corridors had minimal impact on evacuation. On average, the elderlies took longer to evacuate due to their slow speed of movement and limited physical capability.

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          Journal
          Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal
          E-BPJ
          e-IPH Ltd.
          2398-4287
          December 27 2020
          December 27 2020
          : 5
          : SI2
          : 25-31
          Article
          10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI2.2521
          © 2020

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