Creating awareness on universal accessibility has become an essential element in today’s society. Accesses for people with reduced mobility are becoming more and more common in shopping centres, office buildings, airports, train or bus stations and even in homeowners associations. An accessible building for all does not mean that it has to focus on PRM’s needs, an accessible building has to improve each and every user’s life.

Condominium bylaws and accessibility

The new condominium bylaws, which directly concern neighbourhood associations, establish that doing construction works that enable and provide full accessibility for all users is mandatory, with a view to remove any type of architectural barrier, moreover, regulations are categorical about it, since it is not indispensable to come to an agreement in order to do the renovations that will adapt the facilities.

According to resident’s associations bylaws, it is required to do the following construction works in residential buildings:

  • Works and renovations that ensure building correct maintenance as well as that of common areas and their basic services, three of the most noteworthy requirements being:
    • Safety. The building structure and design have to guarantee its residents’ safety when they are making use of the facilities. Besides, it is imperative to have fire extinguishers and emergency doors properly marked to enable building evacuation in case a fire starts.
    • Habitability. Residential buildings have to meet the current sustainability standards, and it is essential that they are insulated from the outside in order to avoid indoor and outdoor temperature exchanges, which could positively increase energy consumption and reduce their residents’ quality of life.
    • Functionality. All people, regardless of their physical condition, need to have the possibility of making use of the facilities, in such a way that the shared elements have to be installed having concern with the distances that assure the residents’ handling qualities that are required.
    • Access ramps for the building or any common area.
    • Installation of accessible, noticeable and properly indicated push buttons in lifts as well as in the community or building exit.
    • Installation of motion sensors which activate the lights of the corresponding area at the time that the presence of a person is detected. Besides being of assistance to people with reduced mobility, it will be useful for saving energy, thus contributing to a better environment.
    • Enlargement of door passage widths so that people in need of making use of crutches, wheelchairs or baby carriages do not have limited access to the facilities.
    • Handrails and banisters enhancing the person’s fastening and safety.
    • Installation of lifts with sliding automatic doors (not folding doors) having acoustic signals, Braille-reading service, or visual warnings for people visually impaired or with hearing loss.
    • Installation of automatic doors both at the building entrance and the accesses to other common areas.

Installation of automatic doors in homeowners associations

Manusa automatic doors are designed to adapt to any architectural style or use of the buildings and therefore, also to residential buildings. Automatic doors in residential buildings are a great help to elderly people, PRM, shopping bag, luggage or baby carriages bearers, and even to workers needing to access with materials to carry out renovations or remodelling. Thanks to automatic opening and closing and the multiple combinations of access systems, users will comfortably enter and leave without help or having to carry out extra effort.

The installation of automatic doors in neighbourhood associations can provide great benefits:

  • Energy savings. Automatic doors can save large amounts of energy since they remain open only if they detect people, thus avoiding temperature losses inside the building and ensuring airtightness in the facilities. Besides, the hallway has more natural lighting thanks to door transparency and consequently, electric energy consumption and damaging gas emissions will be lower.
  • Universal accessibility. Thanks to its automatic opening, access is made easier to all people, particularly PRM.
  • Security. The door never remains open, thus avoiding undesirable intrusions. Besides, other systems can be added to reinforce security, such as face or fingertip detection (biometry), by access card, or security cameras.