What is the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act? A federal legislation that mandates buildings be made accessible to persons with both physical and cognitive disabilities. 5. What is universal design? Advocates the design of products and environments that are unstable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or special design. 6. What is the mission of the American Society of Testing and Materials? A non-profit corporation formed for the development of standards on characteristics and performance of materials, products, systems, and services and for the promotion of related knowledge. 7. What purposes are served by trade associations A organization whose membership comprises manufacturers or businesses involved in the production or supply of materials and services in a particular area. They are very influential in the area of materials development. 8. What are the environmental impacts of the construction industry? Buildings are a major contributor to energy and resource depletion each year at least forty percent of the raw materials and energy produced in the world are used in the building sector.
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