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Accessibility and usability of the built environment. Functional requirements

Name: Accessibility and usability of the built environment. Functional requirements

Identifier: prEN 17210

Issuing Organisation: CEN and CENELEC

Country: European

Language: English

Organization website (opens in new window): http://www.cencenelec.eu/

Link to standard (opens in new window): https://standards.cen.eu/dyn/www/f?p=204:110:0::::FSP_PROJECT,FSP_LANG_ID:65077,25&cs=1B1F504D7DCF7711690E22BAE7CED456A

Availability:

Type: Standard

Issue Year: Under development

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Built Environment and Outdoor Spaces 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies

Abstract:

This European Standard (EN) describes basic, common minimum functional requirements and recommendations for an accessible and usable built environment, following the Design for All/Universal design principles which will facilitate equitable and safe use for a wide range of users, including persons with disabilities.
The requirements and recommendations are applicable to across the full spectrum of the built environment.

These functional accessibility and usability requirements and recommendations are relevant to the design, construction, refurbishment or adaptation, and maintenance of built environments including outdoor pedestrian and urban areas.

NOTE 1 Design for All and Universal Design share a similar inclusive design philosophy. “Universal design” means the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. “Universal design” shall not exclude assistive devices for particular groups of persons with disabilities where this is needed.
NOTE 2 Terms such as “design for all”, “universal design”, “accessible design”, “barrier-free design”, “inclusive design” and “transgenerational design” are often used interchangeably with the same meaning.
NOTE 3 This European Standard does not cover management and maintenance issues, but provides basic information in Annex B.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: This document will support the European public policies on accessibility and usability. It was drafted under Mandate M/420 of the European Commission

Comments:

This standard (under development) provides clear information on the functional requirements for the accessibility of any kind of built environment. It provides useful figures showing examples of appropriate solutions, and also of situations to be avoided.
This document will support the European public policies on accessibility and usability. It was drafted under Mandate M/420 of the European Commission

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