New Accessible Design Standard

The Canadian Standards Association has published a new standard for accessible design. CSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment contains the technical requirements for making buildings and other facilities accessible to persons with a range of physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. This document was developed to fulfill an expressed need for a national technical standard that covers many different types of buildings and environmental facilities, and can be referenced in whole or in part by a variety of adopting agencies or jurisdictions. Significant changes to this edition include revised information on:

  • rights-of-way;
  • tactile walking surface indicators;
  • standard and universal washrooms;
  • residential accommodation; and
  • references for accessible outdoor recreational environments.

The new standard applies to the design and construction of facilities as well as the modification of existing facilities. Architects should also take into account local and provincial standards of accessible design, which may be more detailed and more restrictive than this national standard. To acquireCSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment, visit http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/accessibility/b651-12/invt/27021232012/.

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