A new look at CRE Tool accessibility

A new look at CRE Tool accessibility

For large companies, accessibility has become a decisive factor when choosing the building where they will set up their headquarters and office, as well as an upgrade when maintenance and improvements are carried out.

Thinking about the importance of such issue, Buildings has partnered with Wheelguide, allowing its customers to see within the CRE Tool platform a filter of buildings which have the certification.

CRE Tool

The Buildings CRE Tool provides all the data that commercial real estate market players need to do business. It is a powerful and complete tool that offers all the relevant information of the corporate real Estate market in real time.

The Importance of Accessibility in Buildings

According to Bruno Mahfuz, founder of Wheelguide, thinking about inclusion without limiting the approach only to people with motor disabilities is a gain to the whole society.

“Most people associate the word ‘accessibility’ with people with disabilities. They are partially right: people with disabilities need accessibility to carry out their activities. However, if we understand accessibility as the possibility of having access to a place, service, product or information in a safe and autonomous way, without any kind of barrier, we can conclude that accessibility benefits all people, with or without disabilities, at all stages of life,” he explains.

He continues: “Thus, much more than overcoming architectural barriers, accessibility also aims to eradicate communicational, methodological, instrumental, programmatic, natural and attitudinal barriers (perhaps, the most impactful one),” he says.

Buildings Company values and encourages accessibility. That’s exactly where this partnership with Wheelguide came from – currently the largest community of people and companies working for accessibility.

Wheelguide Certification

The Wheelguide Certification is a program that recognizes the best accessibility practices. Its original methodology was developed by an interdisciplinary team, composed by specialist architects, researchers and people with disabilities. It is based on the premise that accessibility should be seen as a continuous exercise and on the concept that “accessible environments” are made by both the physical structure and the people in it.

Thus, the evaluation goes way beyond the compliance with the applicable legislation and the technical standards developed by the regulatory bodies. By understanding accessibility as a living organism and incorporating human factors, the process of evaluation also takes into account the practical experience of people with disabilities as well as the perception of the regular users of space, besides interpersonal treatment aspects.

See the full article on the   Revista Buildings website Revista Buildings.
Founded in 2007, Buildings is the first Brazilian company specialized in corporate real estate research. Our mission has always been to cooperate with the dissemination of consistent information and thus make the Brazilian real estate market a more transparent and reliable sector.

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