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Translating high quality research specific to better design and building practice


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Authors Vasilakopoulou, K., Bridge, C., Weller, K.
Illustrators/Contributors Svegner, M.
Audience Consumers, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 978-0-7334-3819-6
DOI 10.4227/169/5b32fc9d151a4

Accessibility problems have a serious impact on the quality of life of people with reduced mobility or those dependent on mobility aids. One of the most crucial problems is the difficulty to make even small vertical level changes, such as traveling up and down stairs in their home. Ramps are the most common solution for joining different levels. 

This publication, uses information from the National Construction Code, a number of Australian Standards, handbooks, guidelines and other valid scientific and technical sources to provide a summary of the facts and issues related to the main design and construction parameters of ramps.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • General design requirements for accessibility ramps
  • Gradient and Length
  • Width
  • Ramp Geometry
  • Materials
  • Ramp Surface
    • Slip resistance
    • Tipping and tripping
  • Turns/switchbacks
  • Landings
  • Handrails
  • Camber/Crossfall
  • Maintenance
  • Environmental, aesthetic and/or social parameters
  • Appendix 1: Slip Resistance of floor materials for sloping surfaces
  • Appendix 2: Glossary
  • Appendix 3: Regulatory Requirements for Ramps
  • Checklist for Ramps
  • References

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Nicholas LoderNSW Land & Housing Corporation
Lyndal MillikanIntegrated Care

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