Completing a Building Audit
PART 1: Accessible Paths
It is recommended that you only complete this part if you own or manage the external paths that surround the building you are auditing. You may wish to audit external spaces and discuss the findings with the main building manager or your local municipality.
In this part of the audit you will answer questions on the external spaces within the plot boundary. Importantly you want to audit the external paths that may connect the main entrance with the plot boundary, car parking spaces or public transport. You want to understand if those paths are safe, level, sufficiently wide for wheelchair users, free of trip hazards, clear of obstructions and direct to their intended location.
Part 2: Building Entrance
It is recommended that you audit the main building entrance to your venue. This is normally the main ground floor entrance to the building. If however, you are auditing a single office or shop within a larger building, such as a mall, then audit the main internal entrance. The building manager of the main building where your venue is should also carry out an audit to understand if any obstacles exist at a wider scale.
For the building entrance you want to understand if the approach area is clear, level and safe for all visitors. You also want to understand if the door of the main entrance is difficult for some users to operate, particularly blind visitors or those in a wheelchair.
You will also audit the arrival experience for people visiting the building, typically a reception area or lobby that includes welcome desk.
Part 3: Level Changes
It is recommended that you audit any level changes that occur within the building that you own, operate within or manage. Level changes such as stairs or elevators that are shared in a larger building such as an office tower or shopping mall should be audited by the operator who manages those spaces.
Changing level can be a large problem for people with mobility or sight impairments. It is therefore critical that all instances of changing level are audited, and especially ramps, stairs, and elevators as these are typically used by all people.
Part 4: Sanitary Provisions
It is recommended that you audit any toilets, ablution areas, showers or changing rooms that are within the building that you own, operate within or manage. If, for instance, toilets are provided and managed by the wider building owner then it is there responsibility to carry out an audit on those shared facilities.
Sanitary facilities refers to all facilities that include water and are used by the public. This includes toilets, showers, changing facilities and ablution facilities for mosques. Questions to be answered relate to the dimensions of facilities, the floor condition, type of facilities and the reach of certain elements from ground level.
Part 5: Doors, Windows, Switches and Glass Surfaces
Doors, Windows, Switches and Glass Surfaces
It is recommended that you audit all architectural elements within the building you own or operate within. Those elements outside of your control should be audited by the respective manager.
The use of all building elements can be difficult for people with different physical abilities, sight, hearing or stature. Audit compliance will relate to the size, function, positioning and visibility of those elements. For windows and doors you want to understand if those can be operated easily for all users and the action of opening does not impinge on the safety of other building users.
Part 6: Furniture
It is recommended that you audit all furniture inside the building you own and operate. If there are shared communal elements outside of your control, contact the wider building manager to carry out and audit.
Select all instances of furniture as all impact the daily life of users with restricted mobility or sight. You want to understand how furniture operates, its dimensions and the flexibility for all users to move around or under.
Part 7: Parking and Drop-off Point
Parking and Drop-off Point
It is recommended that you only audit external parking and drop-off areas if they are within the plot boundary of the building you own or operate. So, for parking provided by municipality or roads authority the responsibility for auditing those spaces will be someone else. Similarly if your building is within a larger tower or shopping mall with shared parking spaces, the building manager or operates that space should audit those areas.
For parking you generally want to understand there are enough accessible spaces provided and those spaces are designed correctly. This means they have adequate access space to side, are easily found with signs and are close to main entrance of building. Similarly, the drop-off should be positioned correctly and designed for disabled users.