A Barrier Free Design is a good design!
The Aging Population
We are an aging population, which means more people will be living with impairments related to mobility, vision and hearing. By providing universally accessible buildings you are maximising the number of people able to access your building.
Universal design is a safer environment for all, including caregivers with prams, those temporarily disabled through injury, as well as people with long term disabilities. A public building built with accessible features, could reduce the chance of injury or harm.
Economic Good Sense
Often the cost of building fully accessible buildings is no greater than inaccessible buildings. Barrier Free NZ Trust encourages building owners to build right the first time, thereby reducing the risk of costly alterations at some later date.