Building Design Codes and Standards for Elevators, Chair Lifts, Stair Lifts

The number of people with disabilities is on the rise. Improving physical access for such individuals is important from the point of view of education, employment and social freedom. Building design plays an important role in enhancing accessibility for people with disabilities. Elevators, chair lifts and stair lifts are accessibility solutions that have improved the lives of millions of people with physical impairments. Architects, contractors and construction companies need to be aware of the rules and regulations which govern building design to accommodate elevators, chair lifts and stair lifts.

Building Design for Accessibility – Compliance with Federal Guidelines

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that became law in 1991 is designed to eliminate any discrimination because of disabilities. The American with Disabilities Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) went into effect in January of 1992. This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility of persons with disabilities to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements. These requirements have to be adhered to in the design, construction, additions to, and alteration of sites, facilities, buildings, and elements to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies under ADA.

ADAAG Rules for Elevators

The ADA requires companies providing goods and services to the public to take certain limited steps to improve access to existing places of business. This mandate includes the obligation to remove barriers from existing buildings when it is possible to do so without much expense.

The US Access Board bulletin, BULLETIN 35: USING ADAAG offers specific guidance to architects and other design professionals who must apply the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) to new construction and alterations projects covered by titles II (state and local government services) and III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) of the ADA. It is also intended to clarify accessibility regulations generally, including those that apply to existing facilities covered by the ADA.

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