Adaptable Housing Guide

Front cover of Your Home manual.The National Construction Code will introduce accessible features for all new housing in 2022. In the meantime, the old Adaptable Housing Standard (AS4299) will continue to be referenced.

Your Home was published online in 2013 by the Australian Government. It has a section on the livable and adaptable house. This guide is especially helpful for home renovations and modifications. 

There are many detailed diagrams to help explain design features and floor plans. The chapter makes distinctions between livable, accessible and adaptable designs. Reference to the public building access standard (AS1428.1) for an “accessible” home can lead to institutional designs that lack design creativity. AS1428.1 was not intended for application in residential dwellings, which is one of the reasons the Livable Housing Design Guidelines were developed. 

Introduction: Many people, when building a new home, anticipate spending a number of years, if not decades, living in it. Others may conceive of a shorter stay. Whatever the intention, any new home is likely to have to accommodate changing needs over its lifetime. A livable and adaptable house is one that is able to respond effectively to these needs without requiring costly and energy intensive alterations.