The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stipulates that all overseas aid programs must follow the Principles of Universal Design. They have produced a comprehensive guide to all types of development projects including water, health, education and the built environment. It is useful to see how thinking universally about design can produce such a clear guide to inclusive practice and accessibility.
Download the document here.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation has updated their Building Design and Product Requirements. and Design Standards.
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:
- Liveable Housing Design
- Sustainability and
The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse has academic research papers as well as information for householders, builders and home designers.
On the About Us page, it states, “The Home Modification Information (HMinfo) Clearinghouse, established in 2002, is an information service tasked with collating, reviewing and creating the evidence base for best practice in modification of the home environment to support people with problems in self care, participation and autonomy.” The Clearinghouse is based in the University of New South Wales.
Click here for the home page and the various menus about research, products and services
Click here for the page with consumer fact sheets
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.
Emma’s Story You Tube video is provided by Home Design for Living
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.
Edited Transcript in PDF or in Word document.
Link to presentation slides and transcript on Prezi (August 2015)
Link to presentation slides and transcript of 2016 outcomes so far.
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.
Universal Housing Design Guidelines
Handbook PDF 3MB Factsheet PDF 2MB
You can download a copy of all of the related guidelines for urban development from the publications section of the old Landcom site.