The Big Three in UD: Performance, Safety & Aesthetics


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, North 252

Format: Building Knowledge Session
Level of Content: Novice
Track: 50+ Housing
Continuing Education: NAHB - 1.00 CE hour(s), NKBA - 0.1 CEU(s)
Appropriate for: 50+ Housing Builders & Developers, Designers, Architects, Engineers & Planners, Single Family - All

Beth Tauke, University at Buffalo - SUNY, Buffalo, NY
Susanne Tauke, MFA, New American Homes, Antioch, IL

What It’s About:
Universal Design (UD) describes features in homes that look typical, but are safer and more convenient for residents. However, consumers don't only want to hear about safety; they simply want homes that work for all stages of life. In order to meet that need successfully, you must have thoughtful design and building practices. In this session, you'll discover design strategies that enhance functionality throughout the home and review examples that address the areas of indoor air quality, appropriate lighting, communication systems, ergonomics and safety. You'll also learn which UD features are attractive to more home buyers now and better for everyday living as well as the cost/benefit of these features.

What You'll Learn:
Learn how performance, safety and aesthetics relate to the seven UD principles.
Identify the top five UD challenges in both home interiors and exteriors as well as solutions that address these problem areas.
Critique the five solutions for home safety in the context of changing technology.

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