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TITLE Opening up Europe’s buildings to people of limited mobility   polis_en.pdf (3.47 MB)
Document ID LIB90
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 08/03/2005
Document reference POLIS
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  POLIS will assist architects, engineers and other construction and planning professionals by:
· Reviewing existing knowledge on technical solutions to universal building design and the social barriers to their implementation
· Examining the potential for using information technology, as well as structural, solutions
· Creating a decision-support system to help apply universal design principles
· Considering the development of a standard EU-wide certification scheme
· Raising awareness of the issues, particularly in the eastern and southern Member States where universal design practices are less advanced
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Many countries around the world are developing principles for access to buildings by people with limited mobility, such as elderly, disabled or handicapped people. These provisions – known here as ‘universal building design’ – range from legally enforced rights through statutory building regulations to voluntary codes of practice. Earlier EU-funded projects have also studied this problem but, as y ...

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