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DESIGN FOR LIFE/
PLANNING A HOME FOR EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT … AND EVERYTHING YOU DON’T/ IMAGINE YOUR HOME no longer worked for you.
This happens to people every day, whether due to injury, age or even the joy of starting a new family. Suddenly your haven turns into an obstacle course. Hallways are no longer spacious enough to accommodate the new stroller. Stairs are impossible to climb with a cast or crutches. If only homes were built to work regardless of what circumstances arise. That theory is the central tenet of Livable Design, a forward-thinking concept in home building that beautifully integrates long-lasting functionality for a family’s ever-changing lifestyle. Bringing together inclusive, ﬂexible and practical design concepts, Livable Design offers an innovative certiﬁcation program for new home construction, resulting in a better way to live and a home built for a lifetime. The goal of Livable Design is to change the way homes are built in order to accommodate everyone. Its mission is to transform living environments through simple, thoughtful design. The three principles of Livable Design are: • Inclusivity – a home environment that accommodates all generations and abilities • Flexibility – an infrastructure that incorporates
elements to allow future integration of supportive features and technologies • Beauty – supportive features that maintain the integrity and consistency of the overall home design, emphasizing a natural, integrated look and feel through all the design features.
Livable Design Certiﬁed™ homes give building professionals an opportunity to distinguish themselves with an unmet marketing niche by offering housing designed with the future in mind. For home buyers, a certiﬁed home provides assurance and peace of mind that their home meets certain criteria and is livable for a lifetime. The process for certiﬁcation is simple for those interested: Once a builder decides to certify their product, they simply integrate the Livable Design certifying criteria into their individual ﬂoor plans. Livable Design then reviews the construction documents and speciﬁcations to verify that the home successfully integrates all required features. A site inspection is the ﬁnal step before the home becomes certiﬁed. This third-party veriﬁcation gives buyers conﬁdence, and at the same time, Livable Design
provides a variety of tools to help the builder both market and sell their certiﬁed product within the marketplace. Livable Design offers three levels of certiﬁcation (gold, silver and bronze), providing ﬂexibility to meet varying consumer demands. • Gold certification comprises state-of-the art prewiring and lighting, ﬂexible infrastructure and an inclusive home environment with added safety and convenience features. A home built to the gold standard offers homeowners peace of mind, cost savings, and a home that will ﬂex with them over time. • Silver certiﬁcation balances convenience and ﬂexibility, providing the necessary features to make an inclusive and adaptable home. • Bronze certiﬁcation includes the core elements to create a home environment that is visitable, functional and beautiful for a lifetime. The Livable Design certifying guidelines focus on three main components: • Structural Design – Spaces are designed to be open, approachable and functional for all ages and abilities • Lighting – Home environment includes consistent overhead lighting, task lighting and glare reduction
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2011
Finding a New Path
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers
ASID Icon - Fall 2011