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Design Compliance Statements

Design Compliance Statements

COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS

Design Compliance Statements are often requested to be provided to building surveyors as part of a building permit application. 

What is Involved?

The only way to obtain a Compliance Statement (Or a Certificate of Compliance) for disability access from ASN is if we have reviewed the plans for proposed building works. This review is what we call a desktop audit which looks through all aspects of the proposed building works and checks for compliance against the Australian Standard AS1428.1 – 2009. ASN provide a detailed report and work closely with the design team to identify, amend and address disability access issues.

Step 1.

Email ASN a copy of your proposed building works. Click here to submit plans.

Step 2.

Sign and return the Quote Acceptance form within the ASN quote.

Step 3.

ASN will issue a detailed report after conducting a Desktop Audit. This detailed disability access audit report will provide identification of issues that do not meet the deemed to satisfy provisions of the National Construction Codes (NCC). AFter receiving the detailed report please forward amended plans to ASN.

Step 4.

As soon as ASN are satisfied thatthe proposed plans have the ability to meet the full disability access requirements within the built environment ASN will issue a LOA (letter of advice) confirming compliance has been achieved to the degree necessary.

ASN’s desktop disability access audits are extremely comprehensive and include multiple elements. Likely elements to be audited are:

  1. Car Parking: including ratios, required numbers of bays, signage, delineation, gradient and kerb ramp provisions. Locations of bays will also be audited.
  2. Pathways: all pathway systems from the allotment boundary and to and within the premises will be audited. Inclusive of principle entrance points.
  3. Wayfinding: although wayfinding is silent in the Australian Standards our auditing is inclusive of assessing the interaction of required elements such as TGSI’s & signage, to ensure these provide good wayfinding information and meaning.
  4. Ramps: there are numerous requirements for ramps to achieve compliance. Each ramp will be audited accordingly against specific requirements determined by the type of ramp it is.
  5. Walkways: like ramps, walkways to have numerous requirements to achieve compliance. Each walkway will be audited accordingly
  6. Stairs: Stairs must be assessed to ensure there is compliant treads, risers, and nosings. Other stair requirements such as handrails and TGSI’s will also be audited.
  7. Doorways: doorways will be audited as there are width, force, swing, and luminance contrast requirements. These will all be audited for all doorways to and within.
  8. Circulation Spaces: there are many situations within the built environment where it is required for correct circulation spaces to be provided, such as at doorways. All requirements for circulation spaces are included in our auditing.
  9. Handrails: the design and installation of handrails must be in accordance with the Australian Standards, mostly AS1428.1 – 2009. Every handrail required to comply will be audited.
  10. Grabrails: the design and installation of grabrails must be in accordance with the Australian Standards, mostly AS1428.1 – 2009. Every grabrail required to comply will be audited.
  11. Gradients: all graded surfaces will be audited. Gradients such as, 1:8, 1:10, 1:14, 1:20, 1:33 & 1:40.
  12. Lighting Levels: minimum LUX levels are required within different setting types. LUX levels will be recorded and audited accordingly against the specific setting.
  13. Lifts: there are different types of lifts and hence different requirements for minimum compliance. Lifts will be audited according to type.
  14. Fittings & Fixtures: counters, customer service, seating, controls, classrooms, vending machines, information stand and the like are audited and assessed to ensure ease of use for a wide range of people.
  15. Sanitary Facilities: have the most specific and extensive set of requirements. There are specific requirements for unisex accessible sanitary compartment, showers, ambulant sanitary facilities, and change rooms. ASN’s auditing includes such building areas.
  16. Emergency Egress: it is essential that as the accessibility into a building is audited that the same be for the emergency egress from a building. This is particularly important since the release of the Australian Standard AS3745.
  17. Luminance Contrast: probably one of the most complex areas within disability access. ASN is considered by peers as an expert in luminance contrast.
  18. Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI’s): both directional and hazard TGSI’s are audited against the requirements of Australian Standard AS1428.4.1 – 2009 and according to the types integrated, discrete and composite discrete.
  19. Signage: identifying accessible features as well as navigational/informational signage is required to meet the BCA deemed to satisfy provisions.
  20. Services: delivery of services must be in an accessible form. Although service delivery cannot be directly audited against a set Australian Standard, ASN assesses service delivery against industry be practices.

 

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We provide both onsite & desktop disability access audits. Access audits provide a comprehensive report and we work along side governments, design teams, owners, companies etc.

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