In December the province added some new voluntary standards in the B.C. Building Code aimed at making housing more accessible over the long term. The standards include wider doorways, accessible entrances, extra reinforcement of bathroom walls so grab bars could be installed later and levers instead of knobs on doors. Adaptable accessible housing is designed and built so that accessibility features can be added later for people with disabilities or people who are aging without the features being too costly.
The new accessible standards only apply to single-storey suites in multi-unit buildings. Municipalities can choose to have the voluntary accessible standards made a requirement under their own bylaws.
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