Friday, June 02, 2006

slow lift



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During the planning stage for the construction of a new condominium in Hino City, Tokyo, the prospective residents had a heated debate on whether or not an elevator should be installed. Some were opposed because it would consume energy, guaranteeing carbon dioxide emissions. Others were in favor, insisting that elderly people living on the top floors would need it.

In spring 2001, a “slow elevator” was the solution. They agreed to install an elevator that is slower than walking. Young people wouldn’t want to wait for the elevator, while elderly people could use it if they wanted to, since they are usually not in a rush. As expected, the slow elevator is now used only by the elderly, and it consumes much less energy than a conventional elevator.
Adapted from “The End of Growth,” published in the Japan for Sustainability newsletter and cited, where I picked it up, in the May | June 2006 issue of Orion »

Hmmm – second Orion citation within 10 minutes. Wonder what magazine I’m curled up with tonight…

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