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DESIGNING FOR INCLUSION AND INDEPENDENCE

The Summer Foundation’s sister organisation, Summer Housing, launched a new guide especially for builders and developers of specialist disability housing.

Designing for Inclusion and Independence is a comprehensive guide that aims to stimulate new accessible housing for people with disability, by providing builders and developers with a thorough understanding of what is required and why.

The guide is in easy-to-digest parts for different stages and aspects of development. It includes every detail, from identifying potential sites and positioning of apartments in larger developments, down to detailed internal design considerations such as room layouts, structural and electrical provisions for assistive technology, door, window and floor treatments. The guide is filled with detailed design drawings and photographic examples throughout.

The guide is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in designing and building accessible housing.
You can download the guide here.

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2 Comments

  1. Mark Kunach / 21/12/2017

    Hi All,

    Have you considered sending your Designing for Inclusion and Independence to all local Councils in NSW?

    These design consideration should be included in ALL ‘Affordable Housing” and it is my contention all such Affordable housing must be also accessible housing.

    In this regard, City of Parramatta have, at my request, included in their DIAP a stipulation that all Affordable housing must be built to the Livable Housing Gold Standard. This helps create a base template with potential to upscale according to individual tenant access requirements.

    You guys do a fabulous job; keep up the good work.

    Regards

    Mark.

  2. david anderson / 10/02/2018

    Great words Mark, i could not agree with you more. This design should be made compulsory in ALL new housing built or overseen by any govt level. Also, these housing developments should NOT be restricted to just a few who can obtain SDA funding.

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