Re: Universal Design and toxicity (was Univeral Design and cohousing)
From: Jill Robinson (
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 18:43:01 -0600 (MDT)

A while back

Racheli Gai wrote:

Does the definition of UD include toxicity issues?

I thought I remembered that the Federal Access Board was addressing the issue somehow, but it took me a while to find the reference. From their Jan/Feb 2003 newsletter at:

Board to Undertake Project on Indoor Air Quality
In developing and updating its guidelines, the Board has received numerous comments from individuals with an acute sensitivity to various chemicals in the environment, known as multiple chemical sensitivities, and to electromagnetic sensitivities. They report that chemicals released from products and materials used in the construction, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as electromagnetic fields and inadequate ventilation, are barriers that deny them access to buildings. Many of these comments identify indoor air quality as a primary concern in causing a range of debilitating physical reactions, some even life-threatening.

In response to these concerns, the Board will undertake research on methods for improving indoor air quality that will build upon its history of working with model code and standard setting organizations. The aim of the project is to bring together various stakeholders in a collaborative process to examine possible actions that can be taken to improve the accessibility of indoor environments. Those the Board seeks to involve in this project include architects and designers, manufacturers of building products and materials, building owners and operators, model code and standard setting organizations, environmental and health professionals, government agencies, organizations representing people with multiple chemical or electromagnetic sensitivities, and others. The project is scheduled to begin later this spring.

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