Universal Design in the Bathroom

Universal Design is all about making the physical world function better for everyone. Often including ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and ANSI (American Nation Standards Institute) compliant products, it certainly isn’t limited by government regulations. In this Ebook primer, we’ll share some of what we’ve learned about Universal Design over the years.

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Know the Codes: 14 Key Code Issues for the Accessible Bathroom

Be in the know about bathroom accessibility for people of all abilities with this summary key of ADA specifications that can impact accessibility.

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How Spray Foam Insulation Controls Moisture in Exterior Wall Applications

Research has shown that exterior cladding materials on an exterior wall can prevent most, but not all, moisture from entering into a wall. Having a backup control system behind the cladding to control moisture by shedding it to the exterior is important for the long term durability of an exterior wall. A significant component of the backup moisture control system is often called by building envelope designers a drainage plane or a water resistive barrier (WRB). See how Spray Foam Insulation can act as a WRB and help control moisure in wall applications.

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Aging in Place: Implications for Remodeling

The dramatic aging of the U.S. population in coming decades is expected to have important implications for the home remodeling industry. Of the over 25 million households age 65 and over today, the Joint Center estimates that 44 percent have some need for home accessibility features due to disability or difficulty using components of the home, such as kitchen or bathroom facilities.

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AARP: Home Fit Guide

The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.

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Great Expectations: Remodelers Adjust To Meet Demands of a Younger, More Connected Clientele

Today’s homeowners are better informed about remodeling than ever before, in part due to TV remodeling shows and researching product information online. While all this information has created a more informed customer, it has also accounted for a shift in how remodelers rethink their client communication skills.

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Design Trends: Market Influences on Product Design

Design influences come from everywhere—fashion runways, trade magazines, smart technology, the sustainability movement, and the media. Adaptability, also known as universal design, is showing up in products that allow people of all abilities to use them. In bathrooms, adaptability features show up in spa-like showers without the potential tripping hazard of a curb, integral shower seats and towel bars that do double duty as supports. All of these features are finding their way into residential bathrooms because they provide extra utility, as well as beauty.

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Upping the Quality

Code compliance for pools, spas and water features becomes more important as permitting requirements tighten. As the popularity of this profitable market segment booms, it is paramount to get the details right the first time. Read here for what you need to know about waterproofing systems.

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Superior All-In-One Performance with Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF) for a Comparable Cost

While fiberglass and cellulose insulation appear cheaper at a glance, they require added costs for air sealing, vapor control, framing materials, HVAC sizing and more - without equaling the performance of ccSPF. Get the added value of more performance with less hassle!

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Finally… a Sustainable 100 Percent Effective Termite Barrier: Breakthrough Pango Wrap® Reinvents Subterranean Termite Control for Today’s Environmentally-Minded Home Buyer

600,000 and counting: That’s the estimated number of U.S. homes damaged by termites every year. Learn how the nation's leading below-slab vapor barrier maker created a long-lasting, environmentally-safe termite defense system that combines both termite control and a vapor barrier.

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