Market pressure and industry competitiveness could propel accessible commercial real estate in the coming decade, much the way those complementary forces have already bolstered energy efficiency and low-carbon footprints.
One third of survey respondents acknowledge that their homes could be problematic for residents or visitors with a disability, while more than one quarter of those who currently report a disability are planning to move.
Real estate operators can look to CSA-accredited professionals for guidance on making buildings more welcoming and workable for people of all abilities.
Following universal design principles for designing and constructing the built environment from the early stages is key to providing meaningful access.
Much of the existing building stock falls short of the universal design ideal, but RHFAC can help owners/managers identify impediments to access and set priorities to address them.
Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility, as three Interior Designers of Canada members recently explained in a panel discussion.
Healthcare furniture design is conforming to the desires of patients, trending towards being adaptive and inviting rather than sterile and utilitarian.