Savaria provides PDF planning guides for each model of elevator with general dimensions required for the installation. Find the planning guide in the Documents area of the product of interest. A space of approximately 5 feet square is needed on each level for the hoistway construction of a traditional elevator. If you are working with an architect, we also provide downloadable CAD drawings for our elevators as an easy reference tool. Drawings can be found in the Professionals section.
In North America, residential elevators must meet ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Codes mandate many requirements including the maximum size of the elevator cab, speed and distance of travel and the types of cab gates or doors that can be used. Savaria elevators are fully compliant with both codes. Your local dealer must also abide by the applicable code during the installation process, including not to exceed the maximum measurement between the elevator door and the landing entrance.
Savaria sells products and parts only to authorized dealers, due to the strict safety requirements that must be met for the installation. A home elevator cannot be installed in any properties that are deemed public or commercial buildings. Savaria home elevators cannot be installed outdoors, but Savaria offers wheelchair lifts that are suitable for outdoor applications.
Home elevators require regular maintenance. You should discuss maintenance options with your local dealer before you purchase. It is important to know ahead of time, that all home elevators should be serviced a minimum of twice a year in order to keep them in good working order. Parts and maintenance are provided through authorized Savaria dealers. All parts must be installed by the dealer.
In some jurisdictions, your home elevator may require an inspection by a third party after installation and before use. Your local dealer will know this and will assist with this process. All Savaria home elevators include a phone for emergency use. The phone will require a landline connection. Regular maintenance helps prevent issues and ensures that parts that wear are replaced appropriately. All Savaria elevators feature emergency manual lowering. Your local dealer can assist you with any service issue and can show you how to use manual lowering. Children should never use a home elevator without adult supervision at all times. For added safety, elevators can be ordered with optional keyed operation to prevent unwanted use.