Zephinie Escape Chute
Pioneer of vertical mass evacuation technologies
During the 70's only buildings presenting technical impossibility to be
completely evacuated in less than 20 minutes in normal condition was
corresponding to the high-rise building's category.
All business selling escape
chutes devises make claim of "High-rise buildings escape chute".
Years ago high-rise buildings (HRB) was the definition used for buildings out of
reach of 100 ft fire ladders.
10<16 storey HRBs and 70<100 storey HRBs present different alternative
A Uyeda spiral Vertical escape chute is different than a Zephinie straight
vertical escape chute.
A Zephinie multiple entry vertical evacuation system present fundamental fire
engineering design difference with a Zephinie's or Uyeda's vertical escape
That doesn't help to makes a difference between high-rise buildings
alternative mass evacuation techniques that has to present stairway similar
protection and massive exit capacities and "escape chutes systems".
Definitely a simple rope and basic military or mountain hiking training makes a
very efficient escape chute and everything could be better than nothing to
escape from hell.
since 1977 non-evacuation option was officially enforced, tall building
evacuation subject is taboo and serious alternative technique of mass
evacuation development was discretely deterred.
Terrorist attack hazard was and remains the higher known chance for non-
evacuation option to cause eventually major non-evacuation disasters.
Insurance industry will never share the official credo, estimated chance of
evacuation disaster risks was internationally shared by the industry.
Sep.11 disaster shall
undoubtedly motivated many business entrepreneurs to claim
having a 100 stories escape chute solution.
Ignorance about the subject will not help to change the official position.
The HRB evacuation taboo has created a general ignorance about modern evacuation techniques.
Japanese and French has developed advanced escape chute
techniques millions time tested worldwide but in the USA. Both have voluntary limited the height of public usage of their system.
Tall towers require mass evacuation systems equal or superior capacity of normal
stairways exits because terrorist attack on a tower will remains the greater
chance to oblige immediate as fast could be complete evacuation.
An attack will always aim at the structure collapsing and time available to
During the last century over hundreds different escape chute techniques were
tested and eventually present extreme technical design differences.
Some escape systems are autonomous other are ground assisted, some are
continuous other discontinuous.
Forewords to explain the
inventor's present position in the 35 years old adventure of modern high-rise
We have not presently
original ZEC's products for sale. Why?
Millions dollars delinquencies on licensing contracts drove Zephinie out of business.
However, thousands of ZEC installations are sold by ex-licensee having pirated the
technology during the patents exclusivity period and companies
in Asia have burgeoned from this source. (see
The Scandinavian pirates of the ZEC)
It results that all ZEC technologies based products are commercialized without the original technical
support of G. Zephinie. Some installations and production are considered
incompetent or hazardous by Zephinie. Notwithstanding thousands appreciate and
use the ZEC in a dozen of countries, even with defects compared original
This non commercial Internet publication is motivated by ethic of knowledge diffusion and claim for justice.
The ZEC-ME high rise building technology now belong to commune science and
technology's domain. Ergo.. anyone is free to use the ZEC commune technology
with or without Zephinie's expert consulting support and transfer of original
technical standards and quality control reference.
Inventor and technology pioneer moral rights backed by 35 years historical
period of R & D on high-rise building technologies empower Zephinie as competent
interlocutor to reopen a public expert debate on high-rise building
evacuation taboo controversy.
As long as the media stays silenced the existence of the Zephinie evacuation ME technology, any serious public debate about alternative mass
evacuation could be reopen in the USA, because ZEC is the only evacuation technology based
on the US NFPA fire protection standards.
Expert opinions opposing new discovery using non scientific argument never will
escape from history examination. Blackguard immortality is the unavoidable cost
of intellectual unfairness.
New generation or disaster can help to change questionable official expert
To prove that long time predicted evacuation disaster in the USA could have been
avoided will remains the aim of this site.
Unfairness can takes away everything but a person fortitude based on scientific
N.B. English is my third learned language and fourth
in practice ranking. I ask of forgive me some grammatical confusions and to
help maybe to correct them