New ADA Accessibility Update to ICC A117.1 Standard

July 10, 2017

The update to the guidelines include enhanced dimensions for clear floor space, turning space and accessible routes for new buildings and additions. 

An update was recently made to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that ushered in heightened accessibility to persons with physical disabilities and limitations to entrances and promoted additional adaptability to new building design.

This updated edition of the standard, released by the International Code Council (ICC), contains the following additions:

  • For new buildings and additions, enhanced dimensions for clear floor space, turning space, and accessible routes for new buildings and additions;

  • Provisions incorporating many of the latest public right-of-way criteria for curb cuts, blended transitions, detectable warnings, diagonal parking and street parking;

  • New provisions to improve safety for accessible routes through parking lots, and to address accessibility at electric vehicle charging stations;

  • New provisions to facilitate the charging of powered wheelchairs in areas such as accessible hotel rooms and wheelchair seating in assembly spaces;

  • New provisions for water bottle filling stations, and spaces for sign language interpreter stations and video booths; and

  • A new section addressing classroom acoustics to reduce the intrusion of noises from outside the classroom and improve room acoustics.

The 2017 Standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and was developed through a consensus-based process that brings together all the stakeholders, including disability-rights groups, code officials, product manufacturers, design professionals, and facilities owners and managers.

"ICC staff worked tirelessly to shepherd the 2017 version of the accessibility standard through the approval process. We're pleased to present this updated standard, which takes into account the latest technology, such as powered wheelchairs and electric vehicles," said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.

The ICC A117.1 standard helps achieve uniformity in the technical design criteria in building codes that allow a person with a physical disability — such as the inability to walk, blindness or deafness — to independently get to, enter and use a facility. The standard is intended for adoption by government agencies and organizations to use in updating local building codes.

To learn more about the new ICC A117.1-2017 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard, visit the ICC website here.

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