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Accessibility and usability of the built environment – Technical performance criteria and specifications

Name: Accessibility and usability of the built environment - Technical performance criteria and specifications

Identifier: WI JT011002

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=204:22:0::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_LANG_ID:2274045,25&cs=10F4A611D7D2845AEF6A702A15A38D148

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Type: Technical Report

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 Technical Report provides technical performance criteria and specifications following the Design for All/Universal design principles for accessibility and usability of the built environment.
This document has been developed to support the CEN-CENELEC/TC11 prEN 17210, “Accessibility and usability of the built environment. Functional requirements”.
This document sets out technical performance criteria and specifications for an accessible and usable built environment, following the Design for All/Universal design principles. The document specifies what is necessary to align with these principles which will facilitate equitable and safe use for a wide range of users.
The technical performance criteria and specifications are applicable across the full spectrum of the built environment and can be used as criteria for awarding public contracts (in support of the Public Procurement Directives).
These technical performance criteria and specifications are specifically applicable to the design, construction, refurbishment or adaptation, and maintenance of public or public-use environments including external 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.

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 Technical Report (under development) provides clear information on the technical performance criteria and specifications to assure the fulfilment of the functional requirements stated in prEN 17210, 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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