An ‘Access Peer Review’ is a concept developed by Lee Wilson, Phone 0438580729
This website has been published to promote the idea and to provide information on the benefit of an ‘Access Peer Review’ and the involvement of an Access Consultant in your next project.
An ‘Access Peer Review’ is conducted by an Access Consultant, and involves a review of an architectural design assessment, a professional opinion, an expert opinion, or an ‘Alternative Solution’ report prepared by another Access Consultant.
The concept is comparable to the ‘dual certification’ system used in structural engineering certification, and the ‘peer review’ system used in fire engineering. This approach is accepted within Australia and overseas.
The ‘Access Peer Review’ should always be conducted by an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia Inc.
The benefits of engaging an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia Inc. to undertake an ‘Access Peer Review’ is to ensure compliance and mitigate risk. This is a small cost with great benefits to the project team and client.
An ‘Access Peer Review’ helps to provide a second opinion during the building certification stage, confirming that the correct level of ‘required’ access is being provided and the relevant ‘Performance Requirements’ are met.
Engaging an Access Consultant to conduct an ‘Access Peer Review’ can help identify potential problems earlier, resulting in better control of project costs and project schedules.
By Lee Wilson, Disability Access Consultant / DDA Consultant, Melbourne, Victoria. Lee is an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia Inc.