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How to calculate the price of affordable universally accessible homes

How do we figure out what makes a universally designed home affordable to build?

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Education

Costs to build are rising.

Hannah Hoyt takes a deep dive into a number of issues related to the costs of multifamily housing in her newly-published report with Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, More for Less? An Inquiry into Design and Construction Strategies for Addressing Multifamily Housing Costs. It’s worth a read. There’s a lot to talk about, but […]

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Smart Home Technology

There are several “smart” devices that improve the functionality and safety of a home. They’re great options for universal design.

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Education

The PEO Model of Occupational Performance and Universal Design.

The Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) Model of Occupational Performance comes from the field of occupational therapy and helps identify the relationships between a person, an environment, and occupations (activities). These relationships support and enhance a person’s ability (Law et al, 1996); interestingly, that’s what universal design is all about. The relationship between each helps us understand the quality of occupational performance (i.e., function) that […]

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Accessible design vs. universal design (& more)

Despite universal design being a “thing” since the 1980s, there is still widespread confusion about it today, which we believe is largely due to people not fully understanding the depth of what it means.

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Universal design & its connection to disability

Universal design is often described as “design for all ages and abilities,” but what does that really mean? It’s gaining popularity every day, partially because of the size of the baby boomer generation, and partially because of society’s increasing interest in being inclusive to people with disabilities. What is universal design? Design that’s usable by […]