- 72 Accessible design
- 73 Ergonomics: visual and physical
- 74 Exterior noise intrusion
- 75 Internally generated noise
- 76 Thermal comfort
- 77 Olfactory comfort
- 78 Reverberation time
- 79 Sound masking
- 80 Sound reducing surfaces
- 81 Sound barriers
- 82 Individual thermal control
- 83 Radiant thermal comfort
- P4 Impact reducing flooring
To promote equity by providing buildings that are accessible and usable by people of all physical abilities.
If an interiors project does not have an accessible restroom within the project boundary, but there is a restroom outside the project boundary, is Feature 72 applicable?
Restrooms within the project boundary and under control of the project owner are required to comply with Feature 72. Restrooms outside of the project boundary or outside the scope of the project owner are not subject to feature requirements.
My project includes a parking garage beneath the building. Do the stairs leading up to the building need to meet the requirements for accessible design?
The requirements of Feature 72 must be met within the WELL project boundary. For an interiors project, the parking garage would be considered outside of the project boundary_. However, Core & Shell or buildings projects with a garage would need to meet the accessibility requirements.
If a New & Existing Interiors project meets ADA (or an approved Equivalency) within its project scope, but is not sure whether the building overall meets ADA (or an approved Equivalency), does that meet the requirements of Feature 72?
The requirements of Feature 72 must be met within the WELL project boundary. Areas outside of the project boundary are not subject to feature requirements. In this case, if the main building entry is outside of the WELL project boundary, only the entry into the WELL space must meet the feature requirements. However, at least one accessible path must exist from the building exterior to the project interior.
Does my project require an ADA design specialist on the team to confirm that the accessibility requirements are achieved?
An ADA specialist is not necessary to comply. The documentation requirement for this feature is a signed Letter of Assurance from the project architect.
My project is located outside of the USA and does not use ADA. Are there other accessible design standards that could be used to meet this feature?
If a local code which addresses the same intent is pursued, the project is welcome to submit an equivalency proposal. Please review the already approved equivalencies to see if your local standard has been approved.