ADA Standards 2010 Architectural Barriers Act
And IBC + ANSI A117.1
December 18, 2012
Continual improvement is expected unless the work is NOT readily
achievable. The analysis must be updated regularly.
The new standards reset the clock. If the facility is not
“perfect”, then the list must be recaptured and gone over in its
entirety (Source: Access Board).
Note: changes in ownership can change requirements. For
example, if a little local food shop is taken over by a national
chain, the owner has greater financial resources. (p.6)
ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal http://www.adachecklist.org/
Priorities for Barrier Removal
The ADA Title III regulations recommend four
priorities for barrier removal. The purpose of these
priorities is to facilitate business planning. The
priorities are not mandatory. Public accommodations
may determine the most effective mix of barrier
removal measures to undertake in their facilities.
Priority 1 – Accessible approach and entrance
Priority 2 – Access to goods and services
Priority 3 – Access to public toilet rooms
Priority 4 – Access to other items such as water
fountains and public telephones (p. 6)
• 404.2.8.1 Door Closers and Gate Closers. Door closers and
gate closers shall be adjusted so that from an open position of
90 degrees, the time required to move the door to a position of
12 degrees from the latch is 5 seconds minimum.
• 404.2.8.2 Spring Hinges. Door and gate spring hinges shall be
adjusted so that from the open position of 70 degrees, the door
or gate shall move to the closed position in 1.5 seconds minimum
ANSI Commentary notes that the force required to open a door is
to be measured 30 inches from the hinged side with the spring
scale perpendicular to the door. (p.18)
• 404.3.2 of the 2010 Standards requires automatic
doors that serve as an accessible means of egress to
either provide maneuvering clearance or to have
standby power to operate the door in emergencies.
• Make note of this particularly when using automatic
door openers to address an issue with restricted
landing conditions, historic requirements or similar