Thursday, December 15, 2011

NanaWall on ADA Guidelines for Accessibility

During the 21 years that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) has been in effect, it has reduced discrimination against people with disabilities with regard to employment opportunities, public services, accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. Most recently, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation addressing the importance of the ADA for creating equality for citizens with disabilities.

As a quality provider of windows, doors, and opening glass walls, NanaWall is proud to offer a selection of products that are ADA-/Egress-compliant. With a range of movable wall and sliding door systems that are ideal for people with disabilities that compromise mobility, NanaWall systems are an excellent alternative to basic doors and openings.


Over the years, there has been a review and refinement of ADA standards, resulting in today’s rules and specifications that offer a clear-cut view of what is expected of ADA-compliant products. Basic and revolving doors, turnstiles, and basic and double-leaf doorways must all meet certain access, exit, health code, and other accessibility requirements to ensure easy clearance for people with disabilities. Handles, pulls, latches, and other devices on ADA-compliant doors must be designed especially for ease of use and placed at a set height. Exterior- and interior-hinged, sliding, fire, automatic, and power-assisted doors must all meet certain criteria as well, including door-opening force specifications and measurements.


Because regulations and guidelines pertaining to the use of doors, storefronts, glazed windows, and partitions can vary from place to place, NanaWall encourages building owners, installers, or contractors to confirm their area’s applicable codes and regulations. Additionally, the NanaWall website offers a few basic guidelines generally used to separate ADA-compliant products from those that are not.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

NanaWall Systems | Renovation; Apeldoorn, Netherlands

 Since 1996, NanaWall Systems, Inc. has partnered with Solarlux Systems Limited of Germany to manufacture technologically advanced glass windows, doors, and walls. Durable and weather resistant, NanaWall products outshine the competition when it comes to internal heat preservation, air filtration, and sustainable design. Both NanaWall and Solarlux are committed to producing superior products that also make a positive impact in local, national, and worldwide communities. Solarlux recently participated in an extensive renovation project in the small town of Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Situated in the Dutch province of Geldern, Apeldoorn is recognized for its beautiful gardens and high standard of living. An economic boom in the 1960s vastly altered Apeldoorn’s architectural landscape. Under the planning and direction of the well-regarded architectural firm Groosmann Partners in Rotterdam, a green living quarter was constructed in the northeastern part of the city. Solarlux contributed its innovative sliding glass doors and windows to a major refurbishment project, installing transparent facades in the former De Valk building. Stripped down to its bare bones, only the concrete structure of the De Valk remained. The original building, was 10 stories high and took up a full city block, with the entryway located in the middle of the structure. A vital aspect of the redesign involved the innovative facade solution that Solarlux made possible.

The architect’s wish was to provide residents with a light-filled living space that harmoniously fused indoors and outdoors, in order to increase long-term quality of life. Solarlux fitted each individual apartment with a glass folding facade that extended across the full width of the living room, creating an aesthetically pleasing “invisible” wall. Impermeable to wind and rain, the Solarlux facades also offer excellent stability, as each one is fitted with an advanced anchoring system. The De Valk project was a great success and is often referenced by cities around the world that undertake urban renewal projects.

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