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Why is it important to design buildings beyond the current Part M and the accompanying Technical Guidance Document M?

Since the introduction of the requirement to submit a Disability Access Certificate in January 2010, O’Herlihy Access Consultancy has received a number of queries on whether designing to the current Technical Guidance Document (TGD) of Part M of the Building Regulations will make buildings accessible.  The following are some reasons why it is important to design our buildings to a standard well beyond the existing TGD M.