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2011 Edition, January 1, 2011

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LIFETIME HOMES DESIGN GUIDE



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  • Revision: 2011 Edition, January 1, 2011
  • Published Date: January 2011
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Building Research Establishment (BRE)
  • Page Count: 77
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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WHAT IS THE LIFETIME HOMES STANDARD?

The Lifetime Homes Standard[1] was established in the 1990s to incorporate a set of principles that are implicit in good contemporary housing design. Good housing design, in this context, is thoughtful, forward-looking design that maximises utility, independence and quality of life, while not compromising other design issues such as aesthetics or cost effectiveness.

The Standard is an expression of ‘inclusive design'. It seeks to provide design solutions in general-needs housing that can meet the changing needs of the widest range of households. Some of these solutions should be included in the design from the outset, while others can be incorporated at a later stage through simple and cost-effective adaptation. This will give many households more choice over where they decide to live, the type of property they live in and the range of visitors they can readily accommodate.

Lifetime Homes properties are more convenient for most occupants and visitors, including those with less agility and mobility. The original design may negate the need for substantial alterations in order to make the dwelling suitable for a household's particular needs. The added convenience provided by the Standard is helpful to everyone in ordinary daily life, for example when carrying large and bulky items, or pushing child buggies.

The Standard is based on five overarching principles, as outlined below. These inform the rationale for the Lifetime Homes design requirements.