Builders Invited to Accessibility Workshops
Free workshops for builders and architects, code officials and building inspectors, Realtors™ and others interested in meeting the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act are being offered this spring and summer in New York, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
The workshops are sponsored by the United Spinal Association and the International Code Council, whose International Building Codes (IBC) for 2000 and 2003 are safe harbor documents that local jurisdictions can adopt to ensure compliance with Fair Housing Act accessibility requirements for multifamily buildings with four or more units.
Endorsed by NAHB, the workshops will include a discussion of design and construction requirements, common violations and how local jurisdictions can adopt the IBC or one of six other safe harbor documents to ensure compliance with the law.
NAHB played a leading role in securing safe harbor designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"When you incorporate accessibility requirements into apartments and other multifamily residential facilities during the construction process, the cost is minimal yet the benefit to people with disabilities is enormous," said ICC President Henry L. Green. "The International Building Code already addresses the Fair Housing requirements. By working with the United Spinal Association and NAHB, we can educate builders about accessibility and significantly improve housing opportunities for the thousands of people with disabilities across the nation."
The half-day workshops will be held in New York City on April 4; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., May 12; Atlanta May 25 and Nashville June 14. Click here to register. Additional information is available from the program brochure.