Last edited 03 Oct 2018

High-rise building

A high-rise building is defined variously as a building in which:

  • The number of storeys means occupants need to use a lift to reach their destination
  • The height is beyond the reach of available fire-fighting equipment.
  • The height can have a serious impact on evacuation.

Typically this is considered to include buildings of more than 7-10 storeys or 23-30 m.

A low-rise building is one which is not tall enough to be classified as high-rise.

Other definitions of buildings in relation to their height include:

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