February 13, 2007

A Major Endorsement of Universal Design in US Housing

The new Liveable Communities Award promises to move Universal Design to higher visibility in the US housing industry. It is significant that in this award bothsustainability and Universal Designare once again married.

Now, who will take leadership to create similar recognition for the developers of hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and the other building blocks of the tourism sector?

Orlando, FL. Feb. 9 - AARP CEO Bill Novelli and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard today announced a new joint award to recognize creative and unique home and community projects that improve the daily comfort, ease and safety of their residents and highlight the critical elements needed for a livable community.

The new AARP & NAHB Livable Communities Award will be presented annually to the three professional groups — builders, remodelers and developers — for projects that incorporate such aspects as:

- design elements that accommodate the needs of all residents with all levels of physical ability from children through grandparents;

- easy access to community services and features such as retail, restaurants, medical, social and cultural activities, as well as viable transportation options;

- improved energy efficiency and enhanced site design; and

- better communication with key stakeholders

Source:
http://guidetoretirementliving.com/wordpress/?p=701

Further Information:

http://www.aarp.org/livablecommunitiesaward

Posted by rollingrains at February 13, 2007 06:27 PM