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Accessible Design: A Necessary Basis for Sustainable Design

Accessible Design: A Necessary Basis for Sustainable Design

Course Description: Buildings which are not accessible are not sustainable. Settlements and other legal agreements reached between developers and the courts have resulted in the substantial renovation of newly constructed buildings to incorporate legally required accessibility. If a newly constructed sustainable building must be substantially renovated to incorporate accessibility, how truly sustainable is it? The financial benefits which result from incentive programs for sustainable development mean nothing when compared to the potentially extreme cost to substantially renovate buildings which fail to incorporate legally required accessible design and construction. This presentation will focus on helping to ensure legally required accessibility compliance during design development and construction to produce a truly sustainable project.

Learning Objectives:

    Learn how retrofitting properties to remediate accessibility violations is not sustainable
    Learn about the Whole Building Design approach and its relationship to accessibility and sustainability
    Learn a brief overview of accessibility requirements
    Learn the relationships between the LEED vistability and universal design credit and accessibility requirements
    Learn some examples of designing for sustainable access

Credit: 1 LU