The humble doorknob is an endangered species in Vancouver.
Starting next March, newly constructed buildings can no longer be equipped with round knob thingees to open the doors. Only lever-type handles will be allowed.
The change was one of several passed by Vancouver's city council in September as part of its accessible-housing bylaw.
Vancouver, unlike other B.C. municipalities, has its own city charter that gives it the right to enforce its own building code on top of the provincial and national codes. It's the only city in Canada with that power.
The new bylaw includes a suite of changes to make new homes more accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly. Among other things, it will require developers to design in barrier-free or adaptable showers, wider doors, stairs and hallways, lower light switches and higher power outlets. Lever-type faucet handles will also be de rigueur.
But the lowly round doorknob's banishment seems to have caught people's imaginations. The VancouverRead More »from Doorknobs to be banned in new Vancouver homes; could your city be next?