Complying with Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements in California
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Stoyan Bumbalov, CASp
Fair Housing Act
Federal laws, standards and regulations related to accessible design
Fair Housing Act overview
Safe Harbors; ANSI A117.1
FHA Guidelines and FHA Design Manual; HUD & DOJ Joint Statements
Housing Accessibility in California
History – New Horizons – Chapter 11A
California laws, standards and regulations related to accessible design
How to apply different accessibility standards to the same project
FHA vs. California Housing Accessibility – Scope, Application and Conflicts
Housing covered by Chapter 11A and Chapter 11B – differences
Housing covered by FHA and Chapter 11A – differences
Multistory dwelling units; carriage units; ground floor above grade; special provisions
Accessible Building Entrance on an Accessible Route – Requirement 1
Building sites and Accessible exterior routes
Requirements in Chapter 11A:
• Division II – Exterior Facilities
• Division III – Building Features
• Section 1126A – Doors
Accessible and Usable Public and Common Use Areas – Requirement 2
Covered public and common use areas
Interior common use areas: lobbies, recreational areas, bathrooms, showers and kitchens
Requirements in Chapter 11A:
• Division III – Building Features
• Section 1109A – Parking Facilities
• Section 1127A – Common Use Facilities
Usable Doors – Requirement 3
Usable doors vs. accessible doors
Primary entry doors, secondary exterior doors, Interior doors, and closet doors
Requirements in Chapter 11A: Section 1132A – Doors
Accessible Route Into and Through the Covered Unit – Requirement 4
Accessible route width
Changes in level; lofts and sunken areas
Requirements in Chapter 11A:
• Division IV – Dwelling Units
• Sections 1130A, 1131A, 1132A
Light Switches, Electrical Outlets, Thermostats, and Other Environmental Controls
in Accessible Locations – Requirement 5
Electrical outlets and controls; HVAC controls; reach ranges
Requirements in Chapter 11A:
• Section 1136A – Electrical receptacle, switch and control heights
• Section 1138A.3 – Reach ranges
Reinforced Walls for Grab Bars – Requirement 6
Locations for grab bars and grab bar reinforcement; floor-mounted grab bars
Requirements in Chapter 11A: Section 1134A – Bathing and Toilet Facilities
Usable Kitchens and Bathrooms – Requirement 7
• Clear width
• Clear floor space at fixtures and appliances
• Requirements in Chapter 11A: Section 1133A
• One vs. two bathroom specifications
• Maneuvering space in bathrooms and clear floor spaces for plumbing fixtures
• Requirements in Chapter 11A: Section 1134A
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7.0 AIA LU|HSW
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International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Accessibility)
CM | 7.0
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This webinar is open to the public and offers 5.0 California accessibility hours to architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in California.
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Stoyan Bumbalov CASp
Stoyan Bumbalov Consulting
Mr. Bumbalov joined the California Housing and Community Development’s State Housing Law (SHL) Program in 2010 and was part of the team responsible for the development and adoption of the California building codes related to residential buildings and structures. He acted as a subject matter expert in projects associated with the California Building Standards Code development and other rulemaking activities, and was the SHL Program manager for two years.
Mr. Bumbalov has 16 years of experience in developing, interpreting, and enforcing building standards in California and in Europe. For more than nine years he has spent a substantial amount of time with the development and modification of the California Residential Code, California Building Code (CBC), CALGreen, California Electrical Code, California Plumbing Code (CPC), California Mechanical Code, and many emergency regulations. His specialty and favorite topic for discussion for many years is housing accessibility. Since 2010, Mr. Bumbalov has spent a substantial amount of time with the modifications of Chapter 11A; he was the “go to” person for all interpretations pertaining to issues with housing accessibility. His daily duties also included technical expertise and interpretations on issues related to housing construction. Prior to his state service, Mr. Bumbalov was a building inspector and plans examiner for a local jurisdiction. His private sector experience includes five years as a building inspector, plans examiner, internal control engineer, and a third-party consultant in a company based in Europe.
Mr. Bumbalov is a certified access specialist (CASp), and since leaving HCD in August 2019, he has run his own consulting business. He consults with design professionals and developers on accessibility issues for new developments and existing facilities. Mr. Bumbalov is also involved with code development and the development of CASp exams as a subject matter expert. He possesses seven International Code Council certificates including accessibility plans examiner. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
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Course Title: Complying with Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements in California
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This seven-hour course thoroughly examines California’s accessibility requirements in the Air Housing Act.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with California Fair Housing Act (FHA) accessibility requirements for building entrances and routes to entrances
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with California FHA requirements for usable public and common areas, including covered public and common use areas, parking, lobbies, recreational areas, bathrooms, showers, and kitchens.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with California FHA requirements for usable doors, including primary, secondary, interior and closet doors
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with California FHA requirements for light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to comply with California FHA requirements for reinforced grab bars, usable kitchens and usable bathrooms.
LUs: 7 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with design, construction, and code compliance
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 01/16/2023
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