INSIGHT BLOG

Universal Design – Change Your Thinking

Universal design should be the first subject taught in architecture and construction education.  It is a concept that includes everyone regardless of age, capability and background.  It considers buildings, open spaces and products. The inclusion of the DDA Premises Standards into the BCA in May 2011 was a big step forward for universal design.  This…

UNIVERSAL DESIGN: EMPOWERING DISABILITY

When I was 16, a motorcycle accident damaged my spinal cord and put me in a wheelchair. Unknowingly I was thrust into the world of wayfinding – I suddenly became reliant on detours as steps, steep gradients, heavy doors and accessible toilets became hurdles to everyday life. But signage systems provided me with essential security,…

Decal strips

The type and design of decal strips raises some confusion with regards to the code and interpretation of what AS1428.1 requires. Straight off the bat, AS1428.1 makes comments that all fully glazed doors and surrounding glazing (including glazed walls with no transom or similar), are clearly marked with 75mm min. wide, solid, non-transparent, contrasting line…