Overview of the Supplementary Guidelines for Emergency Housing

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This overview summarizes provisions in the Access Board’s supplementary guidelines for emergency transportable housing which amend various requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines.

Units with Accessible Mobility Features


General

  • No carpeting (809.2.1.2)floor plan of 1 bedroom emergency transportable housing unit
  • Weather alert systems must comply as operable parts (809.2.6)
  • Exempted: operable parts beneath unit body and water shut-off valves (205)

Bathrooms

  • Grab bars at toilets, tubs, and showers must be built in and cannot be installed later as an adaption (604.5, 607.4, 608.3)
  • Seats required in showers, including roll-ins (608.4)
  • Removable base cabinetry cannot obstruct required knee space at lavatories (606.2)

Kitchens

  • Water spray unit required (606.4)
  • Removable base cabinetry cannot obstruct required knee space at sinks (606.2)
  • All electrical outlets above counters must comply (205)
  • Exception: compliant kitchen table can serve as required work surface if an electrical outlet is within reach and all kitchen countertops are 34” max. (804.3)

Vertical Access

  • Platform lifts not allowed at primary entrance (206.7)
  • Ramps to units on homeowner property can have a greater slope (1:10 max.) and rise (36” max.) due to physical or site constraints (405)

Bedrooms

  • Parallel clear floor space required aside bed (809.2.5.1)
  • Means to control lights from the bed required (809.2.5.3)
  • Supplied furniture cannot overlap accessible route, door

Units with Accessible Communication Features

  • Weather alert systems must include visual output (809.3.4)
  • Smoke alarms must have integrated visual notification devices with a secondary power source (809.3.1)