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BC Gov: Glossary Of Accessibility & Universal Design Terms
BC Office of Housing & Construction Standards has a glossary of commonly used terms & acronyms, plus an annotated bibliography on accessibility and universal design.

Builder Magazine: The Invisibly Universal House
Builder magazine describes the LIFEhouse, a 1,992-square-foot, ranch-style home that won the National Association of Home Builders Best of 50+ Housing Award. The home can comfortably accommodate a young family with a live-in elderly parent, disabled individuals, aging persons, or even a family with young children or whose adult children have come back home.

CMHC: Adapting Homes To Extend Independence For Seniors
CMHC study examines experience of 13 frail seniors living in Quebec City suburbs who have adapted their homes to suit their changing needs; it looks at the factors that trigger home adaptations, types of adaptations, financial assistance and overall satisfaction. 2008 (PDF)

CUD: 7 Principles Of Universal Design For Accessibility
US Center for Universal Design describes the principles of equitable, flexible, and simple & intuitive use, perceptible information, error tolerance, low effort, and size & space.

UDEO: Examples Of Accessibility & Universal Design
Universal Design Education Online lists sources of reports, pictures, videos and presentations on examples of accessibility and universal design.

Universal Design Living Laboratory: US Demonstration Home
The Universal Design Living Laboratory home masters universal design, green building, and healthy home practices, all with an eye toward aesthetics.

WBDG: US History Of Building Design For Accessibility
Whole Building Design Guide covers US history of accessible design, milestones of requirements, definition and goals, emerging issues, codes & standards, and more.
Education & Training

NAHB: Program For Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist
US National Association Of Home Builders offers The Certified Aging in Place Specialist program which trains remodelers in the technical, business management, and customer service skills required for home modifications.

NARI: Distance Education Program For Universal Design Certified Professional
National Association of the Remodeling Industry distance education course for Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) addresses the concepts of Universal Design; client’s needs assessment, design applications, construction techniques, electrical systems, and plumbing systems.
Industry Information

Builder Magazine: As Boomers Turn 65 Universal Design Takes The Spotlight
Builder magazine says baby boomers were the first generation to grow up in the suburbs, but now that they are turning 65 those same suburbs may be ready to turn against them. The reason is that a majority of homes are not designed in a way that will safely and comfortably accommodate their owners as they get older.

Custom Home Magazine: New Homes Must Meet The Needs Of Aging America
Custom Home Magazine says builders should look ahead and target younger buyers with universal design features that sell the ideal of aging in place.

HSA: Planning For Aging-in-Place Remodeling On The Rise
Homeowner Services of America says according to recent data gathered by National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelers, more remodeling clients are planning ahead and opting to alter their homes for aging-in-place.

MetLife: Report On Aging In Place 2.0
MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge focuses on the age 65+ population. It says in the coming years adjustments will need to include homes in which residential design, health care services and new monitoring technologies are combined with comprehensive community care services to form a dynamic and efficient home health management system. (PDF)

NAHB: Homes For Life Remodeling Awards
US National Association of Home Builders annual Homes for Life awards recognize Certified Aging In Place Specialists designees for excellence in aging in place design and/or accessible home modifications in a remodeled home. These homes offer specific design or programmatic solutions that aid the individual residents to continue living in the house as they grow older and/or face physical challenges.

Universal Design Summit: Conference On Universal Housing & Neighborhoods
Universal Design Summit is North America's only conference focused on universal housing and neighborhoods. It provides content on universal design in housing, sustainable community design, and affordability to create living environments usable by all.
Information Sources

AEMA: Description Of Accessibility For Residential Elevators & Lifts
Accessibility Equipment Manufacturers Association provides a description and codes & standards for residential elevators, inclined platform lifts, stairway lifts, and vertical platform lifts, as well as a link to a members directory.

BC Gov: Bibliography On Accessibility & Universal Design
BC Ministry of Housing offers listing and descriptions of books on accessibility, accessible housing, and accessible public spaces.

CMHC: Information & Resources On Accessible & Adaptable Housing
CMHC provides information that you and your caregiver can use to make your housing accessible. Fact sheets, check lists and guides show you ways to adapt your home to meet your changing needs.

CUD: Articles On Accessibility & Universal Design
Center for Universal Design offers access to various articles on accessibility and universal design.

CUD: Resources On Universal Design & Accessibility
US Center for Universal Design provides universal design explanations, principles, publications, education & training, housing & built environment resources, and more.

HGTV Remodels: Videos & Articles On Universal Design
HGTV Remodels provides online videos and articles covering ideas and resources on accessibility and universal design.
Issues & Performance

BC Gov: Implementing the Community Charter
BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development provides materials to help local governments in British Columbia implement the provisions of the Community Charter and local government bylaws that include building standards.

BC Gov: Online Handbook On BC Building Code For Building Access
BC Building Policy Branch online handbook, with illustrations and commentary, covers building code requirements for persons with disabilities including definitions, classification requirements, and design & alterations information. (PDF)

BC Gov: Overview Of New Adaptable Housing Standards In The BC Building Code
New standards for the design and construction of adaptable housing have been added to the BC Building Code. The new standards include wider doorways, accessible entrances, extra reinforcement in bathroom walls to allow grab bars to be installed and easy-to-use light switches and door handles.

BC Gov: Purchasable Building Access Handbook (2014)
BC Government sells the Building Access Handbook 2014 for $21. The illustrations and commentary in this Handbook have been prepared to assist users of the BC Building Code to understand the diversity and complexity of the Building Requirements for Persons with Disabilities, contained in Section 3.8 of Division B and elsewhere throughout the Code.

CHBA: Housing Accessibility Regulation In Canada
Canadian Home Builders Association paper contains a survey of current/proposed requirements and policy directions in the national and provincial building codes, with particular reference to visitability requirements for residential units. While the precise definition varies, visitability involves wheelchair access from the exterior to the main living spaces and to a washroom in every new dwelling unit. (PDF)

CMHC: Understanding Status Of Visitability In Canada
CMHC study researched the visitability movement in Canada, pinpointing its progress, diffusion, barriers, best practices, and facilitators to being adopted by the housing industry. (PDF)

CSA: B651-12 Standard For Accessible Design For Built Environment
CSA new standard CSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment contains technical requirements for making buildings and other facilities accessible to persons with a range of physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities.

GUDC: Global Universal Design Commission
Global Universal Design Commission is a not-for-profit corporation established to develop universal design standards for buildings, products and services.

SAFER Home: Certification Criteria For Homes
SAFER Homes Society certification criteria for homes is contingent upon the fulfillment of 19 basic standards.
Procedures

CMHC: Accessible Design Of Exterior Spaces
CMHC describes how principles of universal design can be incorporated into many exterior landscape design elements, including decks, play spaces, gardens, and eating and cooking areas. (PDF)

CMHC: Accessible House Designs & Floor Plans
CMHC fact sheet provides design guidelines for the most common types of accessible house designs including: visitable housing, adaptable and accessible housing and housing built using the concepts of universal design.

CMHC: Adapting A Home To Living with Dementia
CMHC study provides information about dementia, its symptoms, and common problems that impact every day activities of people with dementia and their caregivers. It study also suggests strategies that can help people with dementia to continue to live safely in their home for as long as possible. (PDF)

CMHC: Adapting Low-Rise Residential Buildings
CMHC online guide Adapting Low-Rise Residential Buildings will help building owners and managers make barrier-free renovation decisions to walk-up apartment buildings. Accessibility barriers common to low-rise buildings are identified, together with recommended solutions. (PDF)

CMHC: Applying Universal Design Principles to Multi-Unit Developments
CMHC report Applying Universal Design Principles to Multi-Unit Developments says by applying universal designs at the unit scale, more and more people can have access. When done right, these features look no different than a standard unit making it attractive and marketable to everyone. (PDF)

CMHC: Designing Accessible Living Spaces
CMHC provides an overview of planning issues and design elements to consider when creating, renovating or redecorating living spaces.

CMHC: Flex Housing Adapts To Changing Family Needs
CMHC provides information on Flex Housing, a practical approach to designing and building housing that allows residents to convert space to meet their changing needs. (PDF)

CMHC: Housing Options for People with Dementia
CMHC online guide Housing Options for People with Dementia, Volume 1 is an introductory resource on housing considerations for relatives and caregivers of people with dementia. It outlines different housing options and solutions, including locally based initiatives so that people with dementia can remain in familiar surroundings. (PDF)

CMHC: Low-Cost & No-Cost Home Modifications for Accessibility
CMHC describes some low- and no-cost modifications you can make to a home to make it safer, more comfortable and more accessible for everyone. (PDF)

CMHC: Using Home Automation For Accessible Housing
CMHC guide describes how home automation systems can control lighting, appliances, telephones, and home security to help create living spaces that are convenient and energy efficient, minimize potential for accidents, and result in a house that is able to adapt to life changes.

Design Linc: List Of Universal Design Features For Home Accessibility
Design Linc lists tips for accessibility and universal design of home exterior, access, garages, interior, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry.

FIRST: Resources On Designing For Accessibility
US Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST site gives links to design resources for accessibility in remodeling, new homes, home adaptations, apartments and multi family.

MCIL: Guide To Building Wheelchair Ramps
Metropolitan Centre For Independent Living of Minnesota online manual, with drawings, explains how to build low cost wheelchair ramps, and long-tread, low-riser steps for wheelchair accessibility. (PDF)

NAHB: Aging-In-Place Checklist For Home Remodel
US National Association of Home Builders aging-in-place checklists for home remodeling contain features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project. They also give you a quick reference for various aging-in-place issues.

Professional Builder: Universal Design Goes Mainstream In Home Building
Professional Builder says universal design is no longer an unfamiliar concept to home buyers, but they still need sound advice from builders on making their homes livable for as long as possible.

Remodeling Magazine: 37 Ideas To Help Clients Prepare Their Homes For Their Future Selves
Remodeling Magazine describes project ideas that promote comfort, durability, accessibility, and safety to help prepare your current clients for their future selves.

Remodeling Magazine: 7 Tenets Of Universal Design
Remodeling Magazine describes seven principles to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process, and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments.

Remodeling Magazine: Incorporating Universal Design Into A Remodeling Project
Remodeling Magazine describes 15 ways to incorporate universal design into remodeling projects.

Remodeling TV: Universal Design Principles & Practice In Remodeling
Remodeling TV online video Universal Design Principles and Practice from Richard Duncan offers advice on how to design, market, and sell the next age of universal design in a variety of home remodeling projects. It explains how to adapt homes away from the stigmatized idea of accessible solutions in favor of integrated configurations that provide resale value and marketability to a diverse and aging consumer.

Remodeling: 9 Universal Design Details You're Forgetting
Remodeling magazine describes some thoughtful touches from the Universal Design Living Laboratory to make your next UD home work for everyone in it.

Remodeling: Favorite Universal Design Features
Remodeling magazine provides a CAPS-certified remodeler's list of his favorite universal design features.

Taunton: Purchasable Book On The Accessible Home
Taunton Press sells The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities. Architect and universal design expert Deborah Pierce describes how to transform an existing house into a home that works for all, whether an aging parent or a friend in a wheelchair. $28 USD

US HUD: Guide To Residential Remodeling For Universal Design
US Department of Housing & Urban Development agency provides detailed technical guide on selecting and installing universal design & accessibility features during home renovation. 1996 (PDF)
Product Supply

Builder Magazine: 13 Universal Design Products Builders Should Be Using Now
Builder Magazine describes 13 universal design products builders should be using now.

CMHC: Cost of Accessibility Features in Newly-Constructed Modest Houses
CMHC report Cost of Accessibility Features in Newly-Constructed Modest Houses shows additional costs of including up to 60 design features to make a newly constructed home accessible or adaptable in the future, although not insignificant, are nonetheless much lower than the cost of converting an existing dwelling in order to make it accessible. (PDF)

CMHC: Cost Of Including Accessibility Features In New Homes & Apartments
CMHC research study The Cost of Including Accessibility Features in New Homes and Apartments was conducted on the incremental cost of adding 60 universal accessibility features to the design and construction of new homes and apartments. It showered that 57 per cent of these accessibility features cost less than $100 and in some even have no added extra costs. (PDF)

Silver Cross: Product Guide For Home Elevators & Lifts
Silver Cross Home Elevator, a Canadian & US guide, gives selection tips and sources on new/used residential elevators, stair lifts, ceiling lifts, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters.

USA: Links To Accessibility & Assistive Technology Products
United Spinal Association searchable directory provides descriptions and links to a wide range of wheelchair and assistive technology products, in easy to find categories.

Wheel Chair Net: Products For Accommodating Wheelchairs
Wheelchair Net has tips, brief descriptions, and links to wheelchair friendly product suppliers for home modification, ramps, elevators, lifts, openers, gates, and much more.
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