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Accessible Dwelling Unit Requirements in Affordable Housing in New York City

Accessible Dwelling Unit Requirements in Affordable Housing in New York City

This session will build on the session entitled: From Plans to Practice New York: Accessible Design and Construction in Affordable Housing, which provided an overview of accessible design and construction requirements as they apply to affordable housing in New York City. Now, learn about the accessible design and construction requirements for dwelling units. Many developers and architects are now being told that they have to meet the stringent accessible design and construction requirements of Section 504 of the Rehab Act, a stringent federal accessibility law, and its referenced technical standard, the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), which many are just beginning to learn about. Compliance with the accessibility requirements of the building code alone is not enough to satisfy compliance with federal laws, including Section 504. And, DOB is not tasked with the responsibility of reviewing plans for compliance with Section 504 and UFAS – compliance with this federal law is your responsibility. Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is now enforcing compliance with Section 504 and UFAS and requiring a certification of compliance from architects and/or engineers. How can you ensure compliance? Come to this session to find out.

Learning Objectives:

    Learn general scoping requirements of federal accessibility laws and codes which apply in New York City. Learn about the recent accessibility inspections of affordable housing in New York City. What are they looking for?
    Learn common oversights to avoid during plan development of dwelling units which can lead to non compliance.
    Learn common oversights made by contractors during construction that lead to non compliance.
    Learn practical solutions to addressing common oversights made by architects and contractors.

Credit: 1.5 AIA