6F Introduction to the IBC for ADA Coordinators
ADA Coordinators often must be conversant in the design principles used by architects, contractors and facilities. But understanding the Federal laws for design under the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design is only half the equation. Most states also reference the International Building Code (IBC), including the accessibility provisions, and most require plan reviews and inspections. The IBC provisions have been extensively coordinated with the 2010 ADA and the Fair Housing Act Guidelines (FHAG). Having an overall understanding of the IBC is a reality that results in improved accessibility. By incorporating accessibility in the planning, design and construction phases, an ADA Coordinator may play an important role in limiting and eliminating the need for later expensive and time consuming retrofits as part of Title I accommodations or preventing unnecessary litigation. This discussion will cover how and when the building codes are enforced, and a general overview of the requirements in the codes and accessibility standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.