Knock, knock….no one there in Vancouver?

There is no place for sentiment and tradition in new builds.  And especially when it comes to the old-fashioned and awkward door knob.

In a bid to create universal accessibility to all, city officials decided to enforce the law on new builds, including private homes, with the new ruling coming into effect in March.

Instead of door knobs, easy to manoeuvre levers will be added with officials saying such a move will help an aging population and those with small children.

Others, however, are not too happy, saying it’s a step too far in building design. But it’s a move that is becoming more popular.
Door knobs are also in danger of dying in Ontario, or more so in public buildings. The Ontario Building Code stipulated that door openers must not require “tight grasping and twisting of the wrist” in all buildings except houses.

As part of this new overall ruling in Vancouver, all new housing units will also have to include wider stairways, higher electrical outlets and a bathroom located on the main floor.

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