Innovation & Research

The challenge of wheelchair accessibility

The Housing Demonstration Unit (HDU) in Wuppertal needs to be accessible for wheelchairs. So far so good… But we wanted to get into that topic more deeply! So we decided on one of our workshops to make our whole HDU not only „wheelchair accessible“, but wheelchair livable and as barrier free as possible! We wanted to create a living space where all people feel good. One should come into a room and shouldn‘t recognize that it is barrier free. Real social inclusion in building industry means living in an barrier free space without recognizing it ;) So what‘s the problem challenge? Barrier freedom doesn‘t only mean that there are no door sills. It‘s about:
Of course we know full-scope sustainability is a high goal. That‘s why we are deeply into research and always aware of finding solutions for all the challenges. The deeper we dive, the more challenges appear. Follow us on out tour finding solutions that are sustaiable, affordable, inclusive and economic at the same time
Heiner Lippe, Team Coordinator
A bedroom with enough space to ranch in there with a wheelchair is kind of empty. How can we design it so it is still appealing? How can we combine the demands of a person of 170 cm and a 90 cm person? Of course there are some cases, we can‘t build everything perfectly for everybody. But the the attempt is what counts Because not people are disabled, places are ;)
If you look at the floor plan, what is important when you are sitting in a Wheelchair?
1 Photovoltaic Laboratory Dye-sensitised solar cells •	Energy transformation •	Preparation of photovoltaic devices •	laboratory solar simulator 2 Thermoelectric Laboratory Thermoelectric Materials •	Energy recycling •	Characterization of thermoelectric materials •	Developing and testing of a solar-thermoelectric devices 3 The „Solarhaus“ - a Reallab Measuring station •	Meteorological station •	Actual long-term relationship between directs and diffuse sunlight •	models for the optimal orientation of solar cells
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Innovation & Research

Of course we know full-scope sustainability is a high goal. That‘s why we are deeply into research and always aware of finding solutions for all the challenges. The deeper we dive, the more challenges appear. Follow us on out tour finding solutions that are sustaiable, affordable, inclusive and economic at the same time
Heiner Lippe, Team Coordinator

The challenge of wheelchair

accessibility

The Housing Demonstration Unit (HDU) in Wuppertal needs to be accessible for wheelchairs. So far so good… But we wanted to get into that topic more deeply! So we decided on one of our workshops to make our whole HDU not only „wheelchair accessible“, but wheelchair livable and as barrier free as possible! We wanted to create a living space where all people feel good. One should come into a room and shouldn‘t recognize that it is barrier free. Real social inclusion in building industry means living in an barrier free space without recognizing it ;) So what‘s the problem challenge? Barrier freedom doesn‘t only mean that there are no door sills. It‘s about:
A bedroom with enough space to ranch in there with a wheelchair is kind of empty. How can we design it so it is still appealing? How can we combine the demands of a person of 170 cm and a 90 cm person? Of course there are some cases, we can‘t build everything perfectly for everybody. But the the attempt is what counts Because not people are disabled, places are ;)
1 Photovoltaic Laboratory Dye-sensitised solar cells •	Energy transformation •	Preparation of photovoltaic devices •	laboratory solar simulator 2 Thermoelectric Laboratory Thermoelectric Materials •	Energy recycling •	Characterization of thermoelectric materials •	Developing and testing of a solar-thermoelectric devices 3 The Solar House - a reallab Measuring station •	Meteorological station •	Actual long-term relationship between directs and diffuse sunlight •	models for the optimal orientation of solar cells
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