Barrier Free ProductsPosted on - Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
2017 AIA Convention Expo in Orlando Florida
I just attended the 2017 AIA Convention Expo and met with some vendors about their new products for barrier free design. I am not endorsing or recommending these products. These are interesting products that might work well for barrier free applications. I hope you find these interesting as well.
LIFT-U Accessor Convertible Walkway
I visited with the folks at LIFT-U on their convertible walkways. If you are walking along a walkway (exterior or interior) and you encounter a change in level, this product will create a ramp for you with a push of a button. It is surface mounted and will require electricity. Below is a video of how it works.
We visited with the folks at Cavity Sliders and they showed us their ADA Magnetic accessible hardware by Cavilock. This lock is used for pocket or sliding doors and can be used with one hand, does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate and it requires less than 5 lbs to lock and unlock.
We ran across an interesting product that is installed onto any window to open and close it electronically. This can be used any place that requires operable windows to be accessible. Some examples are assisted living centers, schools, hotels etc. The ADA requires that operable windows meet also the reach range and operation requirements. The lock should be not only mounted within reach range (no higher than 48″ a.f.f.) but also not require more than 5 lbs to lock and unlock. This mechanism assists in the opening and makes the windows accessible.
Just Manufacturing has come up with a way to have an accessible sink that is also deeper than 6 1/2″. They taper than sink in the front 30 degrees which allows for proper knee clearance and makes the sink farther back which allows it to be deep for more practical uses.
ADA Enviro Series 30 degrees lavatory system.
Building Professionals Institute seminar, Arlington Texas
Understanding the Fair Housing Act- August 10th Metrocon17 Dallas Texas
Green CE On Demand webinar “How Accessible is Your work place?”
Green CE On Demand webinar “ADA and Residential Facilities”
AIA U online course: “Applying the ADA on Existing and Altered Buildings”
If you are interested in Building Code seminars check out my colleague Shahla Layendecker with SSTL Codes
If you want to learn more about these standards, be sure to check out my books:
If you have any questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to contact me anytime.