Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Accessibility Codes and Standards

BOMA POSITION

​BOMA International strongly supports the “next generation” of accessibility requirements in new buildings and alterations while “grandfathering” conditions that meet current Department of Justice standards (2010 ADA Standards). BOMA continues to work to ensure that new regulations, codes, and standards provide increased consistency in accessibility requirements, offer more reasonable and clearer technical requirements, and lead to more consistent interpretation, application, and enforcement.​

BACKGROUND

Recognized as the industry leader on accessibility since 1991, BOMA International has provided extensive input in key forums where new accessibility provisions are written. BOMA serves on the ANSI/ICC A117.1 Standard Committee developing the standard that is the basis of many state and local accessibility regulations and is referenced by each of the national model building codes. BOMA also served on the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) Review Advisory Committee, a federal group formed by the U.S. Access Board to develop recommendations for revising the ADAAG. For the past several years, BOMA has worked to revise the model codes to be consistent with the current ADAAG regulations; those provisions are now included in the International Building Code (IBC), other International Code Council model codes, and model codes and standards developed by other organizations.

In 1999, the Access Board began an effort to revise the original ADAAG regulations covering buildings and facilities impacted by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA). After input from BOMA and hundreds of other interested parties, the Access Board published revised guidelines in 2004.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has now issued rules implementing updated ADAAG guidelines consistent with the 2004 Access Board revisions – the 2010 ADA Standards. BOMA requested and DOJ implemented an extended implementation schedule with the revised ADAAG regulations becoming mandatory in 2012. BOMA’s request for a broad “grandfather” clause exempting all building elements constructed or altered in compliance with the 1991 rules was also included in the DOJ rulemaking.   

BOMA’s new publication – BOMA’s Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards – along with educational materials and programs will provide assistance to commercial real estate professionals, the design community, and others in complying with the new federal regulations.​

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