Is official data available on public buildings, including schools and universities, that comply with the ISO 21542:2011 standards on accessibility and usability of the built environment?
ISO 21542:2011 specifies a range of requirements and recommendations for many of the elements of construction, assemblies, components and fittings which comprise the built environment. These requirements relate to the constructional aspects of access to buildings, to circulation within buildings, to egress from buildings in the normal course of events and evacuation in the event of an emergency. It also deals with aspects of accessibility management in buildings.
The situation related to schools and universities that are ISO 21542:2011 certified does not show a promising picture: only 2 percent of respondents gave a green light, stating that official data is available on schools and universities which comply with this standard. In some countries this data might be collected but only for internal use and therefore not publicly available and/or each school has individual records but it is not possible to get an overview on which university or school is certified and which not. (Ireland, New Zealand). In regards to the United Nations sustainable development goal ‘build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all’ this overall situation is considered to be changing in future.