Provide access to universally accessible restrooms
Rationale: Ensuring restrooms are accessible for those of all abilities and gender identities increases perceptions of safety and self-esteem, and reduces risk of injury — contributing to fewer injuries and reduced stress levels among marginalized populations.
Requirement Guidance: For buildings with multiple entrances, identify a main building entrance that is used to access a common area within the building such as a lobby, reception area, or main circulation pathway.
Demonstrate compliance with the below:
Universally Accessible Restrooms (Full Credit):
Demonstrate compliance with all the following requirements:
- Include restrooms that are accessible to all residential occupants on each floor that includes common areas.
Qualifying regularly occupied common areas must include but are not limited to the following:
- Common spaces: which include spaces where building occupants gather for social events, such as resident lounges, common kitchen facilities, multipurpose rooms, and game rooms. Note that hallways, corridors, and elevator banks are not considered regularly occupied spaces.
- Common building amenities: which include resource centers, fitness facilities, and exercise rooms.
- Ensure that all restrooms meet one of the following standards:
- the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in regards to toilet facilities
- ISO 21542: 2011 requirements for building construction, accessibility, and usability of the building environment in regards to toilet rooms and sanitary rooms.
- Ensure universal access to restrooms by implementing one of the following:
- posting signage at gender-segregated restrooms stating that people may use restroom consistent with their gender identity
- providing access to single-occupancy, gender neutral restrooms instead of or adjacent to gender segregated restrooms.
Types of compliance documentation required:
- Annotated design drawings
- Annotated photographs
- Annotated plans
- Certified statements