The Design Standards establish the standards that all new housing and major refurbishments of existing NSW Land and Housing Corporation housing stock must meet. The document may be taken as performance and functional guidance rather than prescriptive requirements for:
Projects undertaken by the affordable housing or community housing sector which are mainly privately funded, or
Aboriginal Housing Office projects.
The Design Standards include five non-negotiable Design Principles and the Design Features emphasise:
Lifemark in New Zealand has developed a Homeowner’s Guide that outlines the key areas in a home that are important to get right at the design or renovation stage. They include the minimum structural and spatial requirements that cannot be changed later without major expense. They have also include the most important home injury prevention standards because of the value of reducing the significant costs and social burden associated with home injuries. You can access the overview and the detailed standards by going to the Lifemark Website.
Although this video is about the specific requirements of one person, it shows how some design features, such as level entry into the home, could make a difference right from the outset – for everyone.
Edited transcript from live captioning of the presentation by Shawn Neilson and Joel Elbourne who outline the process of engaging with developers to encourage the uptake of Banyule City Council’s Liveable Housing Design Guidelines in new housing developments. They show how it is possible to get buy-in from developers using local government resources. The title of their presentation is, Improving housing for people across their lifespan.
Although this set of guidelines was published in 2008, the information is as relevant today as it was when first published. The designs and costings were well researched and there are sample plans for all types of dwellings. These Guidelines went on to form the underpinnings of the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (Silver and Gold levels) in 2012.