With my 14+ years' experience focused on access and facilities for persons with disabilities, you will be getting the right accessibility advice and right scope of services for your project.
The primary services I offer are:
An accessibility report may be required by a council as part of a building consent application.
The purpose of an accessibility report is to give an independent opinion on the level of access and facilities for persons with disabilities on a project. My reports achieve this by giving an overview of the proposed design or existing building against the requirements of the relevant NZ Building Act sections, Building Code clauses/solutions and standards.
The report can be used by council to streamline the consent processing, or by the building owner/developer to make sure that accessibility has been addressed appropriately throughout the design process.
GAP Analysis / ANARP Analysis
ANARP stands for 'as nearly as is reasonably practicable' and it is used solely on project types specifically called out within the NZ Building Act. These are:
s115 change of use
s116 extension of life
My interpretation of ANARP is that it is intended to achieve good beneficial outcomes for accessibility (and means of escape from fire) for all users of a building without requiring an unreasonable level of sacrifice to be made by the building owner.
ANARP is a very subjective topic with fairly limited industry guidance, but through my detailed assessment, and clear reporting with use of sacrifice-benefit analysis, it's more often than not that both the building owner and council will come to a satisfactory agreement as to what upgrades are reasonable and practical to undertake.
Be it critical, supportive or a mixture of both - sometimes it can be reassuring to have someone independent take a look at another party's work and give their comment on it.
Best practice advice & Universal Design (optional)
Statistics show that 1 in 4 New Zealanders identify as having some form of disability. Considering this figure alongside our ageing population, and the relatively low bar for accessibility set by the NZ Building Code it is unsurprising that many organisations are realizing the value of exceeding code minimums and are now designing buildings with a people first focus.
Best practice & universal design provisions can be a cost neutral decision in many cases, and it's a great way to add usability and value to a building.
CLARIFICATIONS / FAQ
SAL is fully independent, and receives no funding or endorsements. This enables us to give completely unbiased advice to our clients.
I do not advise in residential 'private dwelling' accessibility matters as these are not legislated yet.
My services do not include, or constitute 'compliance certification'. Only registered Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) have been permitted to perform certifying functions in terms of the Building Act 2004.