New housing: accessibility standards for people with reduced mobility

Collective residential buildings must be constructed and arranged in such a way that they are accessible to people with disabilities regardless of their disability.

All new housing must be adapted for people with reduced mobility.

All new housing must be open to a person with any disability and occupied by a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or mentally impaired.

Accessibility standards must be met when the apartment building is built, when modification or extension work is carried out or when housing is created by changing the destination.

The technical devices allowing disabled people to access collective buildings and their surroundings are as follows:

  • The external paths;
  • Vehicle parking lots;
  • Conditions of access to the buildings;
  • The horizontal and vertical interior conditions of the common areas;
  • Doors and airlocks of common areas;
  • The coatings of the walls of the common areas;
  • Collective premises, cellars and cellars
  • Equipment likely to be installed in common areas, in particular lighting and user information devices.

The installation of an elevator is mandatory if collective residential buildings have more than three floors with dwellings above and below the ground floor.

It is important to provide all the necessary equipment to welcome the disabled person properly. Despite the high costs that the material represents, special equipment like a hoyer lift is available on the second hand market, just check regularly to find the best offers online. However, the purchase of these equipment requires a pre-revision.