Building Entrance Door Type

Automatic Sliding Doors

  • Automatic sliding doors can be very accessible as can be used adjacent to accessible paths without guard rails.
  • Fully automatic sliding doors, activated by a presence and motion detector that opens door when people approach entrance are the preferred door type for all publicly accessible buildings. 
  • Automatic doors should open early enough to ensure person approaching is aware. The sensor should ensure door is fully open when person is no closer than 1400mm away.
  • Automatic doors should stay open long enough to allow safe entry and exit, especially important for slow moving people such as the elderly.

Automatic Power Assisted Doors

  • Where automatic sliding doors are not used, an alternative is automatic swing doors operated by a button close to the door.
  • The direction of the door swing should be configured to maximise the usability of a space and limit hazards to other pedestrians
  • The opening motion and protection of swing doors needs to be considered.
  • If doors open outwards into accessible paths or manoeuvring spaces, then  guardrails are required to alert people.

entrance button by door


Manual Swing Doors

  • Manual swing doors should not be used on accessible entrances such as main entrances or entrances from car parks with accessible parking spaces.
  • Manual swing doors are not recommended for external entrances due to the force needed to open up in strong winds.
  • If required, main entrance or external doors should be double leaf swing doors.

Revolving Doors

  • Revolving doors are not considered accessible. Where used, there must be alternative entrance closely located.
  • Large revolving doors where the clear width is compliant with regulations and the revolution time is slow may be accepted.

alternative door provided