Do I need to provide Ambulant Toilets?

Ambulant Not Ambient Toilets The following advice is in regard to understanding the requirements for the provision of ambulant sanitary facilities within proposed building works and existing buildings. This commentary is based on the requirements from the National Construction Code (NCC) formerly the Building Codes of Australia (BCA). In order to provide clarification on the […]

Why Luminance Contrast on TGSI’s is Important

Luminance Contrast of TGSI's

Can you see the hazard? Hazard Tactile Ground Surface Indicator’s (TGSI’s) have two (2) main roles.  Warn about hazards, and Provide information about direction. As seen in the above photo – this hazard TGSI, blends into the decking and this makes the TGSI really difficult to see. The question is – How could this TGSI be […]

Screen Reader – iPhone iOS

As part of a project we have been working on we were asked to investigate screen readers functionalities and iterations with QR Codes. The basic concept was to provide an alternative form of information delivery to convey information plotted on a map i.e. accessible car parking bays. We stumbled across the accessibility options within the […]

New & Affected Parts – Existing Buildings

Wheelchair access requirements.

New Part & Affected Part – Existing Buildings Access Solutions National Pty. Ltd. (ASN) are often asked to provide clarification relating to the ‘New Part and Affected Part’ requirements of the Access to Premises Standards. The below content is solely to provide clarification on the disability access provisions and compliance requirements. Note: this information is […]

Splayed Corners on Paths of Travel

AS1428.1 – 2009 requires turning circulation spaces on continuous accessible paths of travel. For a 60 – 90 degree turn the required turning circulation space is 1500 x 1500mm. This can create difficult situations, especially within buildings, such as within corridors, and chew up a significant amount of floor space. The AS1428.1 – 2009 committee […]

These “Accessible” Bays Make Us Look Disabled!!!

It’s no news flash that since the introduction of the new accessible car parking bay configuration in the Australian Standard AS2890.6 – 2009 doesn’t really work in the real world. By this we mean that the configuration of the dedicated bay of 2.4 meters wide with a shared zone of 2.4 meters on one side […]

Disability Standards for Public Transport – DSAPT

DDA BUSES TRAINS TAXIS

It only seems like yesterday that the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport – DSAPT was introduced. We are now just around the corner from the next set of review milestones. By the end of December 2017 Public Transport providers and services will be required to have sixteen (16) out thirty one (31) key areas […]

Are Accessible Toilets Absolutely Required?

Disabled Toilets, DDA Sanitary

The following commentary is in regards to understanding the requirements for the provision of accessible unisex sanitary facilities within proposed building works and existing buildings. This commentary is based on the requirements from the National Construction Code (NCC) formerly the Building Codes of Australia (BCA). To answer this let’s first review the requirements for ‘New’ […]

Are TGSI’s Required on Kerb Ramps?

TGSI, Tactile Ground Surface Indicators

The provision of Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI’s) on kerb ramps and pram crossings is a rather complex element within the built environment and disability access. Firstly, TGSI’s are for the purpose of providing sensory information for people with vision impairment or blindness. The requirements for the provisions of TGSI’s are contained within the Building […]

Class 2 Disabled Access Requirements

Disabled DDA Access Consultants

Over the years we have been asked to advise on the requirements for disability access to and within mixed use buildings, especially where class 2 buildings are proposed. This question arises often where a development proposes to have a class 5 or 6 (offices or shop) on the ground floor and class 2 (sole occupancy […]