Until recently, in the event that a building did not have an elevator and you wanted to install one, it was necessary to submit said process to a vote among the owners. Due to the increase in community costs that this implies, it was complicated, sometimes impossible, for this to take place, something that for people with reduced mobility could be a real annoyance. But, also, taking into account in the technological era in which we live, is a delay in terms of functionality, because we speak of an element that can provide comfort in various situations.
Although, mainly, accessibility is a basic right of people with disabilities and continually seeks to create environments free of obstacles for free mobility, the presence of an elevator in a building also presents benefits for the rest. We all appreciate the existence of an elevator, for example, to transport the stroller of a baby or when moving heavy loads. Although it is preferable that it does not happen in the event that we crash and are forced to use crutches or wheelchairs, which can also happen. However, even many people do not seem to compensate for the expense that this entails and they put a damper on the installation of this element.
Precisely and paradoxically, "thank you" to those people who have refused to install an elevator, this type of impediments, finally has opted to implement a new regulation that requires buildings to be accessible from last December 4 of this year. Therefore, to verify the status of the buildings over 50 years old or those that have the revision of the Technical Building Inspection (ITE) pending, the Building Assessment Report (IEE) is mandatory.
Obviously, this reform would not only involve the installation of elevators, but also ramps or platforms, for example, that help to have basic accessibility conditions that allow the development of daily life to all equally.
It is no longer necessary to vote
For those who are lagging behind, for all those who still request a vote in response to this type of request: it is no longer necessary to vote. Moreover, not only that, but also, it is absurd. In the event that it was submitted to a vote, it would legally have absolutely no validity. And, because of the little publicity that has been made to this new regulation, it is likely that there is still some community of owners in which this matter is being debated or debated.
Use of the right
At present, and as we have said previously, from December 4, 2017, it will be enough for a person with a disability or reduced mobility to request an improvement in the accessibility of the building in which they live so that the reform can be carried out in a mandatory In this way, it is intended to offer equality between people in terms of the physical environment that surrounds us.
Possibilities when making a building accessible
In the event that we talk about an old building in which you have to climb some stairs to reach the elevator, it will be necessary and mandatory to install a ramp. If this were not possible for reasons of space or inclination, these steps would have to be replaced by a platform. In the event that this is not viable either, the elevator must be installed at the lowest height of the portal.
Finally, and in the event that none of the above mentioned options could be carried out, there is the possibility of installing the elevator on public roads, that is, on the façade. For this, it is necessary that a previous request has been made by a disabled person. Also, a report that corroborates that there is no possibility of doing it inside. The Public Administration will assign the necessary space for this.
What to do if meters are missing to install the lift
Another of the many circumstances that can occur is this. In some occasions, the meters available to the building to place the elevator box is insufficient. To solve this problem, you can expropriate a few meters of a house or an adjacent room. That yes, as long as it does not suppose a significant damage in the local or housing in question. If this is the case, it will end up yielding to the compensation offers of the community.
An impossible for the economy of a retiree?
One of the drawbacks of this type of facility, perhaps the only one, is the high cost. Obviously, this is not exactly economic. Taking into account that most of the buildings that will have to carry out this reform is old, we understand that elderly and retired people will live in these. Perhaps, they are not prepared to face such expense. However, you can always assess the idea of applying for a subsidy, which will have to take over the public administration. Although we may think that it can negatively influence the income of our elders, it is unlikely, since pensions are usually not very high.
What is the reason for this change?
In addition to the continuous and incessant struggle of people with disabilities in a relentless search for their rights, which is an obvious reason why this new regulation has emerged, the life expectancy of people has also had a lot to do with it. And it is that every time we live for years. In this sense, there are many more people of advanced age who need this type of facilities and, obviously, it was urgent to offer them something to which we all have a right: quality of life.
In the end ... it's a matter of solidarity
Yes, we talk about solidarity, but we do not just refer to the public administration. And in the end, as we said at the beginning of the post, it is not a question that only concerns disabled people. And, we all may need the elevator at some point in our lives. For this reason, it ends up being a matter of solidarity, of empathy ... We bet that it would not be to anyone's liking to be impeded because of any blow, fall or other type of accident and that the community of owners refused to provide this type of facilities, whose absence, in many cases, can be highly disabling.
The regulations that have revolutionized the architectural world
This new norm has not only revolutionized various communities and has also celebrated disabled people, who have fought so hard over this. Inevitably, the architectural sector will also notice the scope of this new panorama. And, as you can imagine, any building with a start date after December 4, 2017 will have to take advantage of this new regulation. This means that all buildings built in the future must be fully accessible and comply with the basic accessibility conditions in a mandatory way.
Accessibility as a right
All this said, there should be no doubt about it, because it is something simple and concise. And we live in a world in continuous evolution and progress and no area should be left behind in this regard. Thus, we can consider the new norm as a clear example that every struggle has its reward in life. This is how disabled people have shown so much in this positive and necessary change. We should not consider change a privilege, because it is not. It is a right, the right that all people have to equality and freedom in all aspects.
In Astarlifts we have an expert team in all types of elevators, elevators, ramps ... We manufacture, install and carry out the maintenance of this type of elements with total professionalism and in total commitment with the right to freedom of movement of the people with reduced mobility. We not only believe in accessible spaces, but we create them, with the sole purpose of getting a better world every day.
Thus, with the arrival of the new regulations, many communities of owners will have to put their batteries and begin with the installation of an elevator in their building. For this, it is considered necessary to have authentic professionals who offer products, materials and a quality service. We remind the most confused or the most denied in this regard that it will no longer be useful to submit this proposal to a vote and, what is more, it can not even be called a proposal because we are talking about a compulsory nature.
From now on, then, everything will be much easier for that person with a disability who was struggling to have an elevator installed in their building. You will only have to request the installation, without further ado, and the community of owners will be obliged to second it and take charge of it.