Zephinie Multiple Entry Vertical Mass Evacuation System
Pioneering High Rise Vertical Evacuation since 1968
Evacuation Chute Multiple Entry ZEC-ME
ACCESSES EVACUATION IN NEW BUILDING OR RETROFITTED IN EXISTING BUILDING:
Evacuation takes place inside the
building. The chute is permanently available at each level. In
accordance with regulations in force, it is encased in a two hours
The installation may be fitted to all types of buildings where several
levels have to be simultaneously evacuated: Hotels, hospitals, office
buildings, department stores, etc....
THE ZEC SAVES LIVES AND ALSO SAVES USEFUL AREAS.
A ZEC's installation immobilizes a minimum
of useful area.
A ZEC unit occupies only 12 sq./ft of
Installing a ZEC will entail only a minimum of work on the
This can be done either inside or outside
any existing building, without jeopardizing the aesthetics of the
The ZEC doesn't rely only upon its fire
resistant components, but utilizes the most sophisticated heat
convection shielding available, including casing and water cooling
OF A ZEC
MULTI-ENTRY BASIC INSTALLATION:
ZEC-ME High-rise installation:
NFPA 101 code standard enclosed ZEC-ME installation
backed by the Husson wet cloth protection effect offering a superior
protection than required by any Fire Codes.
ZEC-ME standard for high-rise building
Actually even more sophisticated
installation are available.
1. Fire resistant doors.
2. Emergency exit lock.
3. Padded chute entrance.
4. Lighted emergency
5. Intercom wiring.
6. Emergency light wiring.
7. Fire detector wiring.
8. Air pressure duct.
9. Fire alarm wiring.
10. Dry standpipe
French dire colonel J. Husson's wet cloth
protection effect allows the ZEC to keep working in the event that an
entrance door would let in over heated air/gas penetrating the
ZEC-Module, kipped active the ZEC even in over 1000 C environment.
The Husson wet protection use approximately only 20liters/m2/minute
giving a redundant 2 hours protection withstanding eventually flame
The Husson-Zephinie wet protection also assure a not negligible degree
of toxic aerosol of poisonous gases protection acting like a water
washed industrial filter.
For not specific anti-terrorist prevention:
ZEC can be included in fire escape
enclosed stairways at the initial design stage of the building's
construction focusing the evacuation of the handicapped population.
However the best installation strategy remain the escape route
diversification independent of normal stairways.
The low cost allows eventually dual protection.
The fire proof two hours standard modular ZEC-ME-EX can be
retrofitted in any king of buildings
The minimum fire proof two hours standard ZEC-ME-EX
modules are covered of reflective surfaces to minimize esthetic impact
on glass wall buildings.
The system never need to reach the ground, the
two or three last
stories use a ZEC-SE chute. That offer a non intrusive guarantee and
non obstruction of the street public area
A 3.00 m X 1.00 m (10ft X 3ft) exterior structure can
up 5 ZEC-ME unites allowing 9,000<18,000
Copyright 1973, 1976, 2003 and following by
Gerard J. Zephinie .
With ZEC, in case of an emergency, a handicapped or
crippled person will be six to hundred times faster removed than by
A ZEC unit occupies only 12 sq./ft of floor space.
Installing a ZEC will entail only a minimum of work on the building.
The ZEC-EM doesn't keep any space on the ground flood,
when not in operation
35 floors high-rise building, Madrid, Spain is equipped
with the ZEC since 1981
Sixty floors high-rise building in Seoul, Korea. was
equipped with the ZEC-ME in 1987
Installation Flexibility :
The ZEC-Multi-Entry (ZEC-ME) system only can be shows by graphic image
for a better understanding.
The ZEC-ME can be eventually installed associated with the stairways,
and/or disseminated strategically inside and outside in fixed
structures to building .
The very small area occupied by the ZEC-ME offers the unique advantage
of Strategic Dissemination of escape routes located in the
periphery of the building to compensate the eventual neutralization of
the main exit like the have occurred in the WTC
The standard installation is based
on International fire code minimum two hours protectionand easy
increased to four hours if necessary.
Non- ambulatory and handicapped peoples
The system offers the possibility to
evacuate non- ambulatory and
handicapped peoples at the same average speed than the global
A rescuer with the most elementary know how can carry a unconscious
person heavier than himself with a minimum of effort.
The system require a extreme minimum of physical effort, the position
of descent is a sitting like position
In extreme condition still works:
The system can works even smoky condition forbidding to use of
The system can works even case of emergency lighting failure
The system allows practically a double capacity than the 25<30
evacuation per minute given as normal cadence of evacuation obtained in
90 teenagers evacuation per minute as been obtained trough particular
methods of training and assisted ground reception.