With more and more jurisdictions adopting the 2009 edition of the ICC ANSI A117.1 standard, we thought we would take a moment to point out some of the major differences between the 2003 edition of ICC ANSI A117.1 and the 2009 edition. As you probably know, many jurisdictions nationwide reference ANSI A117.1 for technical requirements related to accessibility features that are scoped in the applicable building code. Most (but not all) jurisdictions that reference ANSI A117.1 also scope accessibility requirements in the International Building Code. If your jurisdiction is enforcing the 2009 edition of A117.1 – there are some differences that you should be aware of and if your jurisdiction will be adopting the 2009 edition in the future, this article should serve to help prepare you for some of these forthcoming changes. Read more
Lately, we have received numerous questions concerning the applicability of Section 504 for alterations of existing housing developments.
The first step in applying section 504 is to look at the funding involved in the project. Read more
As previously reported in our newsletter, requirements for accessible pools, wading pools, and spas went into effect on March 15, 2012. While this is still the date for compliance for the new construction and alterations of pools and spas, it is no longer the effective date for compliance in existing pools, spas, and wading pools. Read more
As a part of accessible design within dwelling units, the use of removable base cabinets is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. By taking advantage of this concept, design professionals and builders can incorporate additional accessibility at particular important elements within the kitchen and bathroom without detracting from the overall design and aesthetics of the room. The removable base cabinet is mainly a function of Type A units where a forward approach may be necessary under certain elements including lavatories in bathrooms, kitchen sinks and work surfaces. Read more
When designing residential dwelling units in New York City, designers must remember that two sets of accessibility requirements are often applicable. The New York City 2008 Building Code and the Federal Fair Housing Act both provide design and construction requirements for the new construction of dwelling units. While two sets of accessibility requirements ensures all individuals are accommodated, sometimes these two sets of code can make seemingly simple design elements, complicated. One example is the design and construction of microwaves and double wall ovens in residential kitchens. The location and adaptability of these appliances can be confusing for architects since both sets of laws require something different. Read more
On March 15th 2012 the Department of Justice with begin requiring compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design in all new and altered Title II and Title III entities. Generally speaking, most designers welcome the new standards since they have been harmonized with the International Building Code (IBC) and the ICC/ANSI A117.1.
Both the IBC and ICC are references that many municipalities have been using for some time. Yet despite the harmonization, since the guideline’s effective date of September 15, 2010, there have been some sections that have left designers scratching their heads. Read more