Newer generation of buildings will at last do away with superstitious skipping of floors with 4 or 13, 14, or anything with 4 in it.
At least in Vancouver, Canada.
The city in Canada is making things a little easier for fire crews trying to find suite numbers in buildings.
It’s going back to basic math to make things easier for first responders. It’s no longer allowing new buildings to omit certain numbers.
As of Oct. 20, 2015, the city requires all new buildings to follow a consecutive, increasing number system for floor and suite lettering. Simply put: you can’t skip any numbers.
Chief Building Officer Pat Ryan says it isn’t just the 13th floor that crews had a problem with; one other number posed an issue.
“[There’s been] a desire to drop the number 4 from buildings,” he explains. “This was fairly inconsistently done — some buildings did it, some didn’t. It was mostly high-rises, initially. Then it became low-rise buildings.”
The number 4 can be a tough sell because it sounds like spoken word for “death” in Cantonese and Mandarin, and often Asian buyers want nothing to do with buildings with such numbers.
The same can be said for still-superstitious people with the number 13.
“There have been a few issues, but it’s preventative,” says Ryan. “It’s really recognizing that we have a very solid, well-designed building code, but we were adding in an element of uncertainty into the response. We wanted to remove that uncertainty and also provide a level playing field.”
He says it can be tricky for fire crews to help someone on what looks like the 4th or 13th floor — but actually is the 5th or 14th.
The new rule will only apply to new applications, including those to re-number addresses.
In an interview by Canadian news outlet CTV, Real estate marketer Bob Rennie expects that this restriction won’t give real estate agents a sales nightmare from the ensuing restriction of number skipping.
Rennie says the practice has long affected how companies construct buildings.
“For years, four has been left out,” he said. “It’s just something that is long overdue.”
However, he doesn’t expect the new rule to assuage the city’s demanding real estate market.
“The big question is ‘Is this going to hurt real estate?’ Absolutely not,” he told CTV Vancouver.
We wonder if other cities will follow this ruling and create similar laws?
(From news1130, written originally by KRISTIN WOODHOUSE and JOHN STREIT, with reports from CTV)