NAHB Multifamily Builders Needed for Accessibility Survey

surveyMultifamily developers have plenty of stories about the difficulty of trying to comply with the myriad —and sometimes conflicting — rules and regulations designed to make housing more accessible for those with disabilities.

NAHB believes that some new survey responses will help to iron out the process.

Multifamily buildings must comply with three sets of requirements for accessibility: the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Chapter 11 of the International Building Code (IBC). Chapter 11 of the IBC reflects many provisions of the FHA and ADA, and the 2003 and 2006 editions are considered “safe harbors” for FHA compliance.

However, NAHB staff has fielded numerous questions due to conflicts between the IBC and the federal regulations, or confusion in areas where the IBC exceeds them.

In response, NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee engaged the University of Missouri to:

  • review the ADA, FHA and IBC Chapter 11 requirements,
  • identify overlaps, conflicts and differences, and
  • develop a crosswalk matrix, flowchart and other tools that NAHB staff and members can use to navigate the various accessibility requirements.

To help identify key areas needing focus and potentially conflicting provisions, the university has developed a short survey. The survey walks through the seven key FHA design and construction requirements and asks about your knowledge of each requirement and whether you have experienced issues in designing to meet the requirement. Responses are completely anonymous.

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and you can even save an unfinished survey and come back to complete it at a later time.

Click here to access the survey. The submission deadline is June 23.

For more information, contact Gary Ehrlich at 800-368-5242 x8545.

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