Universal Design ‚Äď Going Beyond Standards with BIM Technology (Print Course)

In order to achieve the goals of universal design, design professionals need to look carefully at both overall layout and design details from multiple standpoints. Many are discovering that the type of visualization and information that Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology can provide is invaluable. This course explores how a number of architects are using BIM to successfully create appealing and functional buildings that achieve universal design for all people.

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Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors (On-Line course)

This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.

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Home Fit Guide

The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a "lifelong home", suitable for themselves and anyone in their household.
Read and watch the solutions offered that are well worth the expense.

Sponsored By: REMODELING
EarthWise Windows EarthWise Doors Panasonic Ventilation ProVia Waypoint

Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Understanding Universal Design and Business Needs

There are multiple ways to succeed in remodeling and home improvement, and there's no rule that says you can't succeed in more than one line of business simultaneously.
John Robertson from HomeKeepers explains how Universal Design and business needs can aid in that success.

Sponsored By: REMODELING
EarthWise Windows & Doors Panasonic Ventilation ProVia Waypoint

Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Universal Design 101

Richard Duncan offers a primer on designing, marketing, and selling homes that make life easier on every member of the family.
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Sponsored By: REMODELING
EarthWise Windows EarthWise Doors Panasonic Ventilation ProVia Waypoint

Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Luxury Kitchen Specification For Aging in Place, Forward-Thinking Options for the Mature Client

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens for Aging in Place. The need for kitchens with Universal Design, which are accessible for the greatest number of users no matter what their ability or disability, is spelled out. The percentage of the population over 65 is fast growing, and the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes as they age, but most homes are woefully inadequate to be safe and accessible for this population. This course describes general design considerations to make a luxury kitchen suitable for all users, and indicates which features in cooking and refrigeration appliances are safe and accessible.

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Specifying Auxiliary Appliances for a Luxury Kitchen

Looking beyond the standard kitchen appliances of sink, range and refrigerator, consider auxiliary appliances that will elevate a kitchen to luxury status, even in a smaller home. Dishwashers, wall ovens, warmer drawers, ventilation solutions, microwaves, compactors and beverage storage are some of the auxiliary appliances that add form and function to a modern kitchen. This course will discuss the features of each of these Electrolux appliances and how they can be integrated into kitchen design for optimal function and beauty and to meet the needs of today’s families who use their kitchen not only for cooking, but for dining, gathering and working.

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Transforming Aging in Place to Aging with Grace in the Kitchen and Bath

This course discusses the dangers of the typical home of aging people or those with mobility or other challenges. It discusses solutions to safety and accessibility issues, based on both the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as well as ADA standards. The course shows the benefits of creating a home that is safe and accessible for people of all generations, without sacrificing style.

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