5 Critical Take-Aways from the 2020 BUILDER Concept Home

Hear Sekisui House, Ltd., Marketing General Manager Norio Adachi on what bringing Chōwa to the United States market means to Sekisui House, its leaders, its partners, and its worldwide team of associates.

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Specifying Automatic Pedestrian Entryways that Support Universal Design and Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)

Architects and designers continue to adopt and share strategies to boost universal design for doorways and entrances. Rather than aiming for minimum compliance, which is enforced by codes and ADA, these savvy building professionals are thinking about universal design and user preferences, and differentiating their buildings by leveraging appropriate technologies.

The keys to success include: *Choosing and designing appropriate entries, openings and doors for people with varied abilities. *Applying those door systems to meet and exceed all ADA requirements for entries in buildings of certain sizes. *All while complying with published building codes and standards.

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Beyond ADA: Multigenerational Public Restroom Design (Print Course)

Multigenerational design is a growing trend in architecture and interior design. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, facilities must accommodate by becoming more inclusive.

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design were developed to outline the baseline requirements needed to make a facility accessible to people with disabilities. Although adhering to the minimum requirements of ADA can improve accessibility, exceeding these requirements to achieve multigenerational design maximizes accessibility and inclusivity.


Multigenerational design merges a number of social issues, design philosophies, and facility considerations including universal design, accessibility, specialized equipment, maintenance, sustainability, privacy, health and safety, hygiene and aging in place.

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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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Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors

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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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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Whole House Appliances: Designing an Innovative, Multi-Purpose Laundry Room

The laundry room is getting more attention from interior designers, appliance manufacturers, and homeowners. The space has traditionally been an afterthought but is quickly evolving into a multipurpose room thanks in part to shifting homeowner demand and technology advances in washers and dryers.

This course will examine how modern laundry rooms are being used, what architects and builders should look for when designing the laundry space, considerations on how to connect washers and dryers with the rest of the home, and how builders can begin to integrate a whole-home appliance approach into new, custom homes.

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The Barn Renovation

The old barn sat on the perfect location. The challenge would be to keep the charm and exterior aesthetic but shape it into the ultimate home. See the renovation and hear how the builder turned this project into a success story.

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