New ADA regulations may affect commercial real estate companies

New construction regulations were just put in place by the ADA.

Commercial real estate companies may want to take note, as the Americans With Disabilities Act has been updated with new regulations builders must meet to accommodate disabled Americans in newly-constructed projects.

The regulations took effect on March 15, and all property owners completing new construction will need to put these ideas into practice, according to the report. Those buildings that were already completed before that date can be considered compliant with their initial laws.

The new regulations will require more area for access routes in buildings, and the side reach range for equipment in accessible areas must now be between 15 and 48 inches instead of the previous range of 9 to 54 inches. In addition, slope requirements for floor space will be more specific and any new pool installed will be required to have a wheelchair lift. Moveable lifts are no longer compliant, so each individual pool needs their own.

Commercial buildings mainly have to comply with the ADA when it comes to areas that are used by the public. Furthermore, organizations or developers that do not follow regulations in one building may not be doing so in other properties that are similar, creating additional liability.

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