What ANSI version should I use for my project?

ANSI Accessibility Code

While conducting a code study for a current project of ours in Lone Tree (see LINK for a status on this exciting project), a conversation was sparked on what Accessibility Code was to be implemented. The city currently adopts the 2009 ANSI (2009 ANSI A117.1)per Lone Tree Building Department Website but this conflicts with Colorado Revised Statutes 2017 TITLE 9 depending on how certain wording is interpreted.

For instance, a recent review comment from a City of Denver plan reviewer stated the definition below, found in Colorado Revised Statutes 2017 TITLE 9 Article 5, requires the most recent version of the applicable code (currently 2017 ANSI A117.1)  to be enforced in Colorado regardless of what the local jurisdiction’s adoption may be.

“‘ICC/ANSI A117.1’ means the ‘Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities’ standard, or any successor standard, promulgated and amended from time to time by the international code council.”

When trying to determine what code to implement for your project, the first step should be to reach out to the code official for the local jurisdiction in which your project resides but even this runs the risk of exposing the project to litigation or significant alterations if the interpretation of Article 5 above is enforced.

In following best practices, EVstudio now adopts 2017 ANSI A117.1 as standard in order to avoid future conflicting interpretations and to provide a better living experience for individuals for whom the code was originally instituted. If you have questions about ANSI Accessibility Codes or mother codes, please contact us.


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