IN JANUARY AT THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL Builders' Show, the NAHB Research Center released the 15th edition of the Directory of Accessible Building Products. The Research Center publishes the directory with the hope of increasing accessible residential housing for Americans with physical limitations.
Updated yearly, the directory serves as an important tool for educating the home building industry, the aging network, and consumers about options that are available to keep people in their homes for as long as possible. It contains photographs, descriptions, and installation suggestions for building products that promote accessibility in the kitchen, bath, laundry room, and doorways and entry-ways and for climate control and lighting.
The directory also contains important information about the four major national standards that govern accessible design and are referenced in the laws that guide the industry: 1) ANSI Standard A117.1; 2) Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards; 3) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines; and 4) the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines.
The design of single-family housing is not directly impacted by any of these standards unless particular requirements are incorporated into the local building code. Multifamily housing may be subject to the requirements of the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act and may include public spaces also subject to the ADA. The standards provide guidance when a person is building or modifying a home to increase the safety and accessibility of the unit.
The full text of the directory is available online at www.nahbrc.org. To order a printed copy, contact the Research Center at 800-638-8556 or visit the online bookstore at www.toolbase.org. Manufacturers interested in including their products in the 2006 directory should contact Mallika Kishen, Directory project manager at the NAHB Research Center, at ext. 6234 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.