The idea of universal design in housing is not new. In spite of academic research proving the need for it, and practice guidelines based on real lives, we are still a long way from achieving access for everyone at home. With the Accessible Housing Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) out for comment, I thought it useful to pull together a few resources on housing.
The Home is for Every Body takes a planning perspective.
Longevity, housing, carrots and sticks is a Japanese perspective on the political complexities.
Flexible housing offsets risk discusses the need for innovation in home design.
Designs for Quality of Life explains the value of home modifications
No Place Like an Accessible Home has qualitative and quantitative research by London School of Economics.
Is there a market for accessible homes? is another UK study based around wheelchair users.
The value of home modifications is a report by AHURI
WHO Housing, Health & Accessibility is a comprehensive guide with a chapter on accessible homes.
Lifetime Homes: A critical review looks at what works and what isn’t working
There is more on the RIS in a related post, UD in housing: Beyond wheelchairs. The consultation process is not inclusive or accessible unless you are an industry stakeholder. But you can send your story to Kieran O’Donnell at the Australian Building Codes Board by email.