- New buildings must provide accessible facilities and an accessible journey
- Existing buildings need be assessed for their access provisions when they undergo an alteration, tenant fit out or change of use that trigger consents.
However, I often find there’s a popular misconception that accessibility only affects people with disabilities. In fact when one takes a closer look at universal design principles, one can see the importance of designing, constructing and maintaining buildings in such a way, that they can be utilised by the widest range of people possible, whether they are young, aging, disabled or able-bodied.
Here are 6 simple clues that your building or facility might not be inclusively accessible.
- You get complaints from customers
- You notice that elderly shoppers or visitors can't find a parking space
- You are aware that parents with children can't access your facility
- You’ve had an increase in health and safety incidents
- You have received a disability action group compliant
- You’ve noted a staff service request
Thankfully, help is at hand… Building Networks now offers accessibility training solutions that are bench-marked to international standards through close liaison with internationally acknowledged accessibility experts and authorities.
As a delegate on one of these courses:
- You’ll learn to understand the rules around accessibility.
- You’ll work through a checklist of what to look for to ensure your building becomes more accessible.
- You’ll receive information on how you can plan for longer-term upgrades.
Book now for Access Audits on Existing Buildings
Canterbury – Thursday 18th August
Wellington – Wednesday 7th September
Auckland – Friday 30th September