Sustainability & Accessibility: Perfect Partners, Not Conflicting Aims

It's time to build buildings that are disability-friendly

Sustainability, Environment, Economy, Social Inclusion, Buildings, Design, Disability, American Disability Act, Accessibility, Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Design, The SustainabilityX® Magazine

 

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American buildings, both public and private, have a problem with accessibility. As The New York Times highlights, buildings that have been described as ‘uplifting’ have failed to conform to the standards set out in the transformational Americans with Disabilities Act, in the process alienating and demotivating people living with a disability. As America embarks on a long-term agenda to renovate its building stocks, this time with a focus on sustainability, the perfect opportunity has been created to also make them disability-friendly. As it happens, sustainability and accessibility go hand in hand.

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