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Free ICC Matrix Compares Accessibility Guidelines

The International Code Council has published a new free reference tool to give developers and architects who are working on multifamily housing more information on accessibility standards and the International Building Code (IBC).

The 2006 IBC/ADAAG Comparison lines up three resources: the 2004 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the 2006 IBC. The building code references the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities-2003.

"This is a great tool for the accessibility community and the construction industry," said Kim Paarlberg, the ICC’s senior staff architect and resident accessibility expert. "The 2006 IBC/ADAAG Comparison saves time and reduces confusion, because section by section, the accessibility requirements are put together for you."

Earlier this year, a similar matrix was made available by the United States Access Board referencing the 2003 IBC with 2004 Supplement. The ICC comparison, updated to the 2006 IBC, will serve a wider audience because more jurisdictions adopt the 2006 International Codes and federal agencies implement the new ADA-ABA Guidelines.

Places of public accommodation are required to meet federal accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The IBC’s comparison puts all of the information in one place, making it easy to see how the codes and standards relate.

For a copy of the IBC comparison, click here. To download a copy of the 2003 matrix and learn more about accessibility and building codes, click here.

For more information, e-mail Calli Schmidt at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8132.

Save the Date for the 2007 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Conference

This conference and awards meeting for the multifamily industry will be held April 11-13 in New Orleans. For more information, visit www.nahb.org/pillars.

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