chapter  1
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Introduction

This book is intended to assist the building designer (architect and interior designer) and building manager (facilities manager) to improve the service that they offer to disabled people in the buildings that they build, adapt and manage. It is important to highlight that this book is not about disability, it is about building use. Buildings exist to allow protection from the external environment, and facilitate the occupants in their activity of living, working or carrying out leisure activities. The building at its best is an enabling product, and at its worst a handicapping product.