Disability Access and the Building Codes of Australia (BCA)
The BCA (Building Code of Australia) is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments. The BCA has been given the status of building regulations by all States and Territories.
The goals of the BCA are to enable the achievement and maintenance of acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, safety (including safety from fire), health and amenity for the benefit of the community now and in the future.
These goals are applied so that the BCA extends no further than is necessary in the public interest, are cost effective, easily understood, and are not needlessly onerous in its application.
The BCA contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures, covering such matters as: structure; fire resistance, access & egress, services & equipment; certain aspects of health and amenity.
The specific section or Part of the BCA that relates to disability access is Part D3. This Part outlines the minimum required for buildings to facilitate as far as is reasonable disability access to and within certain building classifications. It’s important to note that before determining what level of disability access is required, the building classification must be known first. This is important as there is different requirements based upon the building class.
Further to the Part D3 requirements Part F speaks about the requirements for sanitary facilities. The specific section of Part F that relates to disability accessible sanitary facilities is Part F2.4.
The BCA become a FREE downloadable document in 2015, which is a huge advancement in progression towards accessible and inclusive environments. To obtain a copy of the 2015 BCA click the below link. www.abcb.gov.au.
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