Accessibility is becoming more and more self-evident, because it benefits everyone: People with and without disabilities, seniors, children, parents and people who are only temporarily restricted in their mobility.
Demographic change poses new challenges for the built environment and is forcing an intensive focus on the trend topic of accessibility. Research assumes that at least 2.5 million additional barrier-free apartments will be needed as early as 2030 - with currently approx. 600,000 "age-appropriate barrier-free adapted" apartments out of a total of approx. 11 million senior households. In addition, an increase from the current figure of around 2.6 million people in need of long-term care to 4.7 million in 2060 is forecast, with the vast majority - around 70 percent - currently living in normal apartments.
Therefore, accessibility must become more and more self-evident, because it benefits everyone: People with and without disabilities, senior citizens, children, parents and people who are only temporarily restricted in their mobility. About 10 percent of the population is absolutely dependent on accessibility, a considerable 30 to 40 percent needs accessibility as a basic aid in everyday life, and for everyone accessibility is simply comfortable. It is therefore important to have a built environment without obstacles in which all people can move and orient themselves as safely and independently as possible.
Architects, planners and craftsmen are the first point of contact when it comes to planning and implementing barrier-free buildings or reducing barriers in existing buildings. However, there are challenges of various kinds. For example, the implementation of DIN 18040 for barrier-free building and its integration into building law has taken place to varying degrees in the individual federal states, so that different regulations exist across the states for achieving barrier-free buildings.
"Doors must be clearly perceptible, easy to open and close, and safe to pass through." (DIN 18040)
In addition, several institutions for barrier-free construction may be eligible for funding for barrier-free remodeling in a specific care case. Barrier-free measures, such as the removal of door thresholds, the widening of doors or the automation of doors can thus be created via care insurance funds or the KfW subsidies for age-appropriate conversion.
Our products are the result of many years of experience, professional competence and high quality standards - which we regularly check. The sealing systems Schall-Ex®, Stadi, Doppeldicht® and Kältefeind® are barrier-free DIN CERTCO certified in accordance with DIN 18040. In addition, ift-Rosenheim confirms that athmer seals and finger protection systems meet the requirements for permissible operating forces for barrier-free doors in accordance with DIN EN 12217 Doors - Operating forces - Requirements and classification.
With athmer drop seals, tripping hazards at door thresholds are a thing of the past. All athmer sealing systems are barrier-free - without any ifs and buts. Our zero threshold solutions for doors even fall below the requirements of the German Industrial Standard (DIN 18040). This tolerates threshold heights of up to two centimeters, even for barrier-free construction.
At athmer, however, the motto is consistently: "Zero means zero!" - and that with increased tightness. The specially developed release mechanisms of athmer door seals mean a significant plus in independence and freedom of movement, especially for people with restricted mobility, particularly wheelchair users.
The optimal ease of use of doors has traditionally been at the top of the agenda in product development. Today, we are seeing the requirements for barrier-free planning and construction moving more and more into focus. With sealing systems, door manufacturers and building owners are on the safe side when it comes to accessibility. This applies to our standard systems as well as to individual solutions that we develop with our customers.