Guide to designing accessible public buildings released

Published: 28 January 2019

A guide to designing accessible public buildings was released today. Permanent or temporary disability affects about one quarter of the population at any one time and everyone should be able to access and use public buildings with their normal level of support.

The term ‘public building’ broadly means any building members of the public can access, but does not include private dwellings.

The Buildings for Everyone guide is particularly relevant for those who own, design, build and manage public facilities. It describes the building user experience for people with a wide range of physical, sensory and cognitive capabilities and shows practical approaches to the design, construction and management of public buildings to meet their needs.

Importantly, the guide provides some help to understanding the requirements of the Building Code relating to accessibility. MBIE and Barrier Free, a national charity, developed the guide in consultation with the disability sector.

The 11 sections in the guide illustrate how design decisions can improve accessibility and enhance user experience.

Read the full news release on the Beehive website.(external link)

Read the Buildings for Everyone guide.(external link)

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