Owners and their staffs cannot simply read the FHDM, but also must know how to interpret it and the 25-page FHAG, created in 1991 by HUB.
Wales, whose analysis is ongoing with a release date scheduled for late this year, said he has identified many statements in the FHAG and the FHDM that can be viewed as conflicting and contradictory, and that an owner probably needs a guide just to understand the guide.
HUD states that the FHAG lists neither mandatory nor minimum requirements and provides one of many methods that may be used to comply with the FHA.
Wales said the documents commonly referred to in lawsuits are the FHA, FHAG and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Jeff Stone, spokesman for FHAG
, said protesters were "bitterly disappointed" at the decision.
"All we can do now is wait and see what happens," said Jeff Stone, FHAG
spokesman, who had dubbed the 3pm visit as F-Day.
During the hearing it became evident that the difficulty in incorporating FHAG into the building codes lies in the ambiguities resulting from an absence of consistent written interpretations of the guidelines and the differences between established building-code and FHAG definitions.
Representatives from HUD provided interpretations of the law and FHAG. BCMC members relied heavily upon HUD's interpretations to ensure that the proposed model-code language was consistent with FHAG and the intent of the law.
As part of the effort to clarify FHAG requirements, the Residential Task Force of the ANSI A117.1 Committee submitted a draft version of technical requirements for bathrooms and kitchens within dwelling units.
Jeff Stone, FHAG
spokesman, said the visit was being dubbed F-Day by campaigners as it will be the end of the fight and the decision by the planning inspector would be final.
Most important, they will not have HUDs endorsement as a safe harbor for designing in accordance with FHAG
The Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines (FHAG
) provide standards for most public interior spaces in multifamily projects.