Aktion Barrierefreues Bad ABB von VDS und ZVSHK

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Aktion Barrierefreues Bad ABB von VDS und ZVSHK

The barrier-free bathroom initiative Aktion Barrierefreies Bad was launched in 2013 by the Association of the German Sanitary Industry (VDS) and the German Central Association for Sanitary, Heating, Air Conditioning (ZVSHK). The declared motto was "It is never too early for accessibility in the bathroom, but quickly too late".

Since then, the initiative has clarified, among other things, on the basic requirements that barrier-free or reduced-barrier bathrooms must meet. The aspect of home care is increasingly coming to the fore. The possibilities of implementation by experienced bathroom professionals are therefore one of the important components of the information campaign. But important topics such as funding and financing are also regularly included in the public relations plan. A direct line to the ministry and KfW also helps. This is one of the reasons why the Aktion Barrierefreies Bad initiative is also an important source for people in the field. At the beginning of 2019, the German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier took over the patronage.

Up-to-date tips on funding, products and housing advice as well as other service offers and service links can be found on the Aktion Barrierefreies Bad website (German only).

Barrier-free Bathroom

New elective services section in the Hemer lung clinic with products from Keuco


Last year the lung clinic in Hemer has been extended by one building. The new stations are fitted with products from Keuco. 


Bathrooms for young and old


Stylish furnishing trends have no place in the bathroom. Really? Are sanitary facilities still technology-driven and, given the effort required to install them, should they be functional and long-lasting? However, why there are more and more design proposals interpreting the bathroom as a trend-oriented space for living whilst also responding to societal trends, like health consciousness and demographic developments. 


Interview: Functional aspects of the coloured design of the Hewi washbasin


In the interview, architect Dr. Birgit Dietz explains the background thoughts in the development of the age and dementia-sensitive washbasin, which she designed together with Hewi.  


Hewi Dementia Washbasin: Orientation through contrast


Hewi has developed a washbasin especially for dementia patients. The function is signalled by a permanently attached coloured marking. 


One Bathroom for all Ages, Shapes and Sizes


Separate bathrooms for the children, parents and grandparents: Even if you can’t afford this luxury, you can have products suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes – and which are flexible, comfortable and chic. 


Hansgrohe: ShowerSelect novelties with high-quality glass surface


With its new concealed ShowerSelect thermostats Hansgrohe presents a timeless and clear design, a wide shelf and a high-quality white glass surface. 


Barrier-Free Building: “I think Planners and Architects need to change the Perspective.”


The topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. Paralympics gold medallist Anna Schaffelhuber has been wheelchair-bound since birth. In the interview she will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.