9 Jun 2020
Livable Housing Australia (LHA) welcomes the Government announcement of its $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home, subject to work that improves the accessibility, liveability and safety of the home.
Consumers seeking to access funding and builders delivering projects from the HomeBuilders grant can utilise LHA’s best practice Livable Housing Design Guidelines to meet the improved liveability, accessibility and safety eligibility requirements of the HomeBuilders grant.
LHA champions the mainstream adoption of liveable housing design principles through its best practice Livable Housing Design Guidelines. These guidelines assist people to design and certify liveability features in homes for a lifetime of living.
The LHA Design Guidelines provide practical, common-sense guidance on what’s needed in your building design to deliver liveability features in your home. They provide 15 design features that could be readily applied in a new home, knock-down rebuild, addition to house, renovation or refurbishment. Three levels of performance, silver, gold and platinum, are detailed in the LHA Design Guidelines.
Silver focuses on the key structural and spatial elements that are critical to ensure future flexibility and adaptability of the home. Incorporating these features future proofs a home helping to avoid costly home modifications as life’s circumstances change enabling you to stay in your home longer.
The gold level provides for more generous dimensions for most of the core livable housing design elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.
All 15 elements are featured in the platinum level. This level describes design elements that better accommodate ageing in place and people with higher mobility needs. This level requires more generous dimensions for most of the core livable design elements and introduces additional elements for features such as the living room and flooring.
About the LHA
Established in 2011, Liveable Housing Australia is a not-for-profit partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry, brought together to lead the development of safer homes that are easier to access for everybody.
Founded from the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, the LHA Liveable Housing Guidelines developed through this partnership define agreed best practice standards, providing a common language and reference point for liveable housing in design and construction.
Certification of homes by Liveable Housing Australia against these Guidelines, supported by a network of accredited assessors, provides assurance that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, and that it is cost effective to adapt as life’s circumstances change.
Stuart Christie 0490 110 124