Fenestration: A Technical Accessibility Perspective
Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 9:30 to 11:00am (PST)
Location: Go To Webinar
BOABC CPD Points: 1.5 points in the A4 Category
This session is specifically tailored to look at fenestration from a technical accessibility perspective with a focus on the commercial industry (however there are a number of connections that can be made between commercial and residential design).
We’ll go through the requirements applicable to doors, windows, their hardware and glazing characteristics pursuant to the 2015 National Building Code Section 3.8. Accessibility, look at future accessibility requirements coming down the pipeline for the 2020 edition, and cross reference the British Columbia Building Code and Vancouver Bylaw where applicable or where a comparison is warranted.
More importantly, the session will look at the intent behind the technical design requirements from a universal and user-friendly perspective, as sometimes not all details of doors and windows are captured by the Code and oftentimes going above and beyond the Code means creating a better user experience for so many more people.
Samantha Proulx .E.T., RHFAC, Principal at ABE Factors Inc., is a Leading Technical Accessibility Specialist and Inter-Provincially Trained Building Code Consultant with a decades worth of experience in educating and working alongside design industry professionals on creating and maintaining inclusive, functional and compliant spaces that can be entered, experienced, and exited safely by everyone. Samantha is recognized as an expert in her field and specializes in Codes, Standards, Regulations, and governing Legislation pertaining to accessibility and barrier-free design and has an extensive skill set in Fire and Life Safety of the Building Code. Ms. Proulx has worked on some of the largest projects in Canada, sits on numerous technical accessibility committees at a National level, has been retained as a leading expert on misstep and fall litigation, and she strongly believes that together we can empower people through the built environment to maximize human performance.