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Canadian City of Vancouver Bans the Door Knob in Favour of Door Handles

Door knobs banned in Vancouver in favour of door handlesYou could be forgiven for thinking that the title of this blog post is joke, but seriously, it’s real! As part of the new building code in Vancouver, Canada, traditional round door knobs have been banned in favour of flat lever door handles which are easier to grip. This style of door handle must be used in all new construction according to the new rules, including private residential housing, from March 2014. Apparently, it is part of an effort to ensure that Vancouver’s building code reflects principles of “universal design” – construction that accommodates people who may be impaired by injury or old age.

Art Deco Door Knobs Removed From Vancouver City Hall

According to local government, the new building code is an attempt to make accessibility easier for the elderly and disabled residents of the Canadian city. As well as the new door handle requirements, Vancouver has passed other building requirements such as wider door frames, levers on taps, and minimum height standards for plug sockets.

Although the new code only applies to new buildings, not existing ones, it has caused a bit of an uproar among people who don’t like the idea of the local government being able to dictate such minor details in their homes. People are also angry that all the Art Deco door knobs in Vancouver City Hall were removed and replaced with door handles with gold door levers.

‘Good Design’ of Door Handles

The city’s former chief building inspector, Will Johnston, told the Vancouver Sun: “Technology changes. Things change. We live with that. When I look at what we are proposing, it is simply good design. It allows for homes to be built that can be used more easily for everybody.”

Here at Handsome Handles, we are certainly relieved that door knobs haven’t been banned in the UK. We love door knobs, and are very proud of our extensive range or centre door knobs, cabinet knobs, and various other styles and variations on the classic. Although, we do love door handles just as much!

If you are searching for new door handles or door knobs for your home, we have an extensive range of internal door handles, external door handles and door knobs available. Whether you are looking for sleek modern design or something more traditional, call Handsome Handles on 07961 832812 or visit our contact page to get in touch.

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