As an architect, you bear the responsibility of creating spaces that cater to the diverse needs of individuals within our communities. With approximately 1 in 4 New Zealanders living with a disability and a growing elderly population, it is crucial to design buildings that are accessible and inclusive. In this article, you can explore how ACO ThresholdDrain can help meet NZBC accessibility requirements, while enhancing building usability for all.
ACO ThresholdDrain is a smart solution that addresses the challenges of accessibility at building entrances and thresholds. It is designed to provide a seamless transition between internal and external spaces, making it easier for individuals with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and walkers, to navigate these areas effortlessly.
Accessibility Compliance and NZBC Requirements
In New Zealand, the Building Code mandates specific accessibility requirements. ACO ThresholdDrain contributes to meeting these standards by providing a level threshold, removing hazardous steps or uneven surfaces that can pose risks to those with mobility limitations. The drainage system can help you to design a safe entrance area according to NZBC Clause D1, Access Routes.
Apart from regulatory requirements, ACO ThresholdDrain enhances building usability for everyone. Its sleek design seamlessly integrates into architectural aesthetics without compromising functionality. The drain is discreet and unobtrusive, ensuring that it does not disrupt the visual appeal. Simultaneously, it effectively removes surface water and runoff from the façade, which keeps the entrance area clear of standing water and safe for pedestrians.
Combined with optional ACO Heelsafe® Anti-Slip grates, featuring slightly raised mechanical nodes, this solution prevents slip hazards and increases safety even further.
As an Architect, you can benefit from collaborating with the ACO team throughout all project phases. ACO provides valuable insights, design assistance, technical expertise, and customized solutions to address specific challenges.
By embracing inclusive design principles, you can create buildings that accommodate the needs of every individual. Include ACO’s expertise into your design process and together we can transform your vision into reality!