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DESIGN FOR LIFE/
When dealing with older clients, it is important to focus on the monetary,
health and design beneﬁts of green and universal solutions.
* Low-VOC ﬁnishes for cabinets, counters and walls prevent off
gassing and, along with ﬁltration systems with HEPA-ﬁlters,
ensure healthier indoor air quality and lower risk of environmentally mediated diseases.
* Natural, repurposed composite, non-porous countertops help
prevent the spread of bacteria and reduce glare.
* Induction cooktops prevent burns or accidental ﬁres, have easyto-use touch-control panels, are easy to clean, heat quickly,
release less than half the heat of a gas stove, and require less
energy than a regular stove.
* Smart-control thermostats with multiple settings save on energy
while maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the
day and throughout the year. Once installed and programmed,
they require almost no maintenance.
* Low-maintenance eco-fabrics made from renewable natural
ﬁbers and dyes protect the environment from harmful chemicals and occupants from airborne contaminants.
These are just some of the many products available today that
can be used in a sustainable, universally designed home. Many
are priced competitively and have lower lifecycle costs for utility use, cleaning and maintenance.
Accessibility, mobility, comfort, easy maintenance, healthy
and safe environment, lower utility bills, and cost savings, too.
Just like when they were younger, boomers want it all. It sounds
like a tall order, but by combining sustainable and universal design
approaches, they can have it all and enjoy quality, independent
living for years to come. i
Michael J. Berens is a freelance researcher, writer and editor with extensive experience in the converging ﬁelds of aging and design.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Winter 2013
A Commitment to True Collaboration
Design’s Growing Body of Evidence
Design for Life
ASID Icon - Winter 2013