The 2012 IBC references A117.1-2009 for accessibility. If you have been working with the 2003 A117.1 on multifamily housing projects, here are some of the changes to be aware of for Type B units in the 2009 A117.1:
- Maneuvering clearance is required on both sides of the primary entrance door. The change was made with the consideration that this door will be used as a means of egress.
- Electrical panel boards located in dwelling units are required to be within an accessible reach range. They do not need to be operable without pinching, tight grasping or twisting.
- When multiple lavatories are located in the same Option A bathroom, only one lavatory is required to have compliant clear floor space.
- Clear floor space no longer needs to be centered on front loading laundry equipment.
Next month we’ll highlight changes in the 2009 A117.1 requirements for Type A units.