What are Lifetime Homes Regulations?
The idea of Lifetime Home Regulations originated from the 1980s with the concept being initially developed in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Habinteg Housing Association. The standards are in a series of sixteen design criteria to make homes easily adaptable for a lifetime in a cost effective way. The introduction of these makes life as easy as possible for as long as possible due to thoughtful design.
What does this mean for homes?
The criteria provides accessible and adaptable accommodation for everyone, from young families to older people to individuals with temporary or permanent physical impairment. Bringing the Lifetime Home designs into the general housing market over time will provide longevity as it allows people to live in their homes for longer without the need for expensive home adaptations and give a greater home choice to those who cannot achieve independent living due to lack of suitable housing.
How do we comply?
Design is at the forefront of every project we are involved in. Throughout our initial scoping, we take the regulations into consideration and proceed to apply them in the design process. This helps us find the best solution to our clients needs whilst still keeping with industry standards and regulations.
We also use materials and installation methods that ensure the longevity of our products. We carefully select the products we use and our team of our own expert installers continuously strive for fitting perfection. This is also taken into consideration throughout every project as not only do we want to maximise the initial budget but to ensure our input lasts.
- We ensure windows installed in the principle of the living space are situated so persons can see outside whilst being seated.
- At least one opening light in each habitable room should be approachable and usable by a wide range of people, including those with restricted movements and reach. This often means offsetting the window handles so that they are within easy reach of wheelchair users.
- We ensure doors have Part M compliant low thresholds, to enable easy egress & ingress from/to the building for disabled persons & wheelchair users.
Why do we comply?
We view the regulations as an opportunity to be adopted more by both social housing providers and private developers. It should provide access to a wider market of buyers and residents and potentially increase the value of the property long term. As a supplier and installer of windows and doors, we feel that maintaining these standards puts us ahead in the fenestration industry.
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