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Barrier-free from the underground car park to the roof terrace

In order to ensure highest comfort for all building users, all components must work together perfectly. This is why the GU Group offers one-stop comprehensive solutions – from the door threshold through to the central building management system, from window hardware through to automated facade control systems.

Inclusion instead of exclusion

Suitable for wheelchair users, persons with impaired vision and the elderly: if barrier freedom is regarded as a special solution for a few persons, this implies marginalisation and even exclusion of these groups. The principle of inclusion represents an alternative: it offers every person the opportunity to fully and equally participate in all social processes – right from the outset and irrespective of their individual abilities, ethnic and social background, gender and age.

Universal Design: one for all

The principle of inclusion means that universal solutions are required for everyone. The answer? Universal Design. The starting point is the view that the change to barrier freedom is a matter of course involving people of every generation and from all walks of life. This ideology produces universal solutions that harmoniously combine comfort, barrier freedom and aesthetics – as do the products and systems of GU Group. This not only extends the range of potential users, but also increases the value of the building.

Financing from the KfW

Anyone planning and building barrier-free can benefit from the attractive support provided by KfW: Up-to-date information, leaflets and contacts for promoting barrier-free building can be found at www.kfw.de. In addition, the conditions for barrier-free building are clearly defined. Here is an excerpt:

 

House and apartment entrance doors must

  • have a passage width of at least 0.90 m
  • have operating elements (e.g. levers, push/pull handles, locking cylinders) at a height of 0.85–1.05 m
  • be operable with little effort
  • have sufficient space to manoeuvre on the interior side. If this is not possible owing to the building structure, outwards-opening doors can be used, provided there is space to manoeuvre on the outside measuring at least 1.50 x 1.50 m or 1.40 x 1.70 m
  • have no steps or threshold. If this is not possible owing to the building structure, thresholds must be a maximum of 20 mm high
  • have a U-value of at most 1.3 W/(mK) on replacement, if these are external doors forming part of the thermal envelope of the building

Interior doors must

  • be widened to a passage width of at least 0.80 m
  • have a lever at a height of 0.85–1.05 m
  • in the case of sanitary facilities, open outwards with the ability to be unlocked from the outside
  • if space-saving doors are installed, when the door is open the passage width within the corridor must be at least 1.00 m

Operating elements must

  • be of large dimensions and locatable and identifiable by touch. Only tilt and touch switches should therefore be used. Motion-sensitive switches are permitted
  • be installed at a height of 0.80–1.10 m

Leave no questions unanswered

Do you have any questions about barrier-free construction? If you need advice on system solutions by GU Group, just get in touch.

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