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Accessible and adaptable housing

British Standards Institute (BSI) Design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing – Code of practice BS 9266:2013 Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This publication sets detailed standards to show how its possible to design housing suitable for everyone’s needs. BS

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Housing design guidance

Housing design guidance inclusive design resource Housing LIN Publication date: various Rank: useful This website resource offers useful publications on different aspects of inclusive design that may assist in the design, development and commissioning of housing. They include research around neighbourhood

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Design Principles for Extra Care

Housing LIN Publication date: February 2008 Ranking: useful This fact sheet gives essential basic information about key design principles and issues to consider when designing and developing a brief for a new Extra Care Scheme. Case studies illustrate the variety

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Improving the design of housing to assist people with dementia

The Dementia Centre Publication date: 2013  Ranking: useful Most people with dementia live in the community, initially with the help of relatives and friends, and latterly with support from health and social work. As a result, people with dementia live

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Developing age-friendly cities: Policy challenges and options

Housing LIN Publication date: October 2012 Ranking: useful This viewpoint provides a ‘tour de force’ on the development of age-friendly cities within a global urban context. It suggests that the approaches adopted in the UK require better understanding and elaboration

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Future perfect, designer labels for an ageing society

Housing LIN Publication date: December 2013 Ranking: useful The Housing LIN has published a selection of resources that consider in detail the built environment and the physical design criteria that can meet the housing needs and lifestyle choices of older

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Putting Inclusive Design into Practice

Housing LIN Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In a society which has an ageing population and, for the first time, has more older people than younger people, there is a compelling need to do much more to improve the accessibility

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Facing the Future with Dementia: designing buildings that will be adaptable

Housing LIN Publication date: March 2013 Ranking: useful  In both the public and private sectors the impact of initiatives such as the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation1 and Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation2 reports are challenging providers

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Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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Older People: New Kids on the Block

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful The report’s author emphasises that despite good intentions, little housing for older people is being planned or built and a clear starting point must be a much better understanding of older people’s housing needs. The

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Accessible thresholds in new buildings: guidance for house builders and designers

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful The aim of the guide is to suggest solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, whilst minimising the

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Lifetime Homes and Part M 2004

Habinteg and Joseph Rowntree Foundation A comparison of each of the 16 Lifetime Homes Design Criteria with the relevant requirements of the Building Regulation Approved Document M (Part M) is listed under each Lifetime Home Criterion 1-16. This comparison will assist in the assessment of

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Housing Sight

RNIB Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful A best practice guide to building accessible homes for people with sight loss. The guide has been formed by the views of people with sight loss and professionals in the field. Housing Sight is

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Homes for our old age – Independent living by design

Design Council, based on research commissioned by the Department of Health, conducted by the Women’s Design Service and the University of the West of England. Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful The report will be of interest to those who commission,

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The way we live now: What people expect from their homes

Ipsos MORI/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This research project has been commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the RIBA for the independent Future Homes Commission’s investigation into how the UK can build enough of the right kind

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Lifetime Homes design guide

Habinteg/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts, including Habinteg Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The group was formed because of

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HAPPI Housing our ageing population: Panel for innovation

Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful Report describes Panel’s findings on question: “What further reform is needed to ensure that new build specialised housing meets the needs and aspirations of

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Approved document Part M: Access to and use of buildings

Planning Portal Publication Date:  2016 (updated) Ranking:  Essential This section covers the technical guidance contained in Part M (Approved Document M) of schedule 1 of the Building Regulations with the requirements with respect to Access to and use of buildings.

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