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Universal Design

  • 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. There are no credits associated with this course. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Kitchen, Universal Design, Appliances
    Sponsor:
    Electrolux
  • Incorporating Universal Design into the Kitchen

    1 LU HSW

    At opposite ends of the aging process, from young children to the elderly, physical challenges increase the need for support to navigate the kitchen and to operate appliances safely. Using universal design principles to plan the layout and specify appliances for this multi-functional room will increase safety, comfort, function and independence for homeowners. This course will describe why the need for universal design is growing and how it can be incorporated into kitchen design to promote aging in place. The course will also discuss the basics of kitchen design and the types of appliances that should be specified in the kitchen. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Kitchen, Universal Design, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Electrolux
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Incorporating Universal Design into the Bathroom

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    The expansive Baby Boomer generation is aging, which signals the increasing need for homes, services and products that cater to their lifestyle. The majority of this population would prefer to age in place rather than relocating to a nursing home or assisted living facility, so there is an increasing and pertinent need to remodel the existing housing stock or build new residences that incorporate universal design to minimize injury and ease everyday tasks. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design, Bath
    Sponsor:
    Rohl
  • AIA|DC Universal and Accessible Design Series

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    Accessibility is the way forward. We’ve partnered with AIA | DC to bring you this four-session series that will give participants an in-depth look at the new ADA Standards while exploring the nuances of Design for Aging and Universal Design. We’ve organized an impressive bunch of speakers—all experts on accessibility. The programs are all registered with AIA for HSW credits. If you’re registered in the state of California, the four-session series fulfills your California SB1608 License Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    AIA|DC
  • Universal Design – In the New Normal

    1 LU AIA

    Universal Design is not a new concept; however, it is time for a paradigm shift. This course prompts the question – should I be offering Universal Design solutions to all of my clients regardless of age or ability? This material provides compelling reasons for recommending Universal Design beyond the status quo. No longer limited to ADA products and an institutional look, you are empowered to exceed expectations with this new worldview. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    Kohler
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Implementing Universal Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population Course

    1 LU AIA

    This article is registered for 1 HSW hour with AIA and was originally published in the 2012 march-april print and digital editions of residential architect magazine. If you don't receive the print edition you can visit www.residentialarchitect.com to find the march-april 2012 digital edition. Over the next 20 years the majority of the U.S. population will be over age 55. As we age we need to re-evaluate our physical and mental capacities, and our ability to live independently. Homes outfitted to suit needs at age 45 could be significantly different than what is needed at age 65 and older. This article shows that successful aging in place requires careful planning and that home environments should provide continued enjoyment and stimulation, but should also accommodate changing needs and enhance the quality of life. Universal Design strategies will help you reshape the homes, and lives, of independent individuals who want to age in their homes, where they are most comfortable. Take the course.

    Posted:
    April 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Aging with Grace: Universal Design Principles for the Bathroom

    You’ve heard the terms before: Universal Design, Accessible Design, ADA Design, Multi-generational Design – what do they mean and why are they getting so much attention now? These terms are often used interchangeably to describe a design style that will be functional for aging individuals, or for individual with disabilities. Many designers fell that Universal Design – by any name – removes the beauty from design. This program will show you that aesthetic beauty can very much be a apart of Universal Design, particularly in the bathroom. This course has been submitted to AIA, NKBA, NARI, NAHB and ASID for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design, Bath, Shower
    Sponsor:
    LAUFEN
  • Baths for Today and Tomorrow: An Overview of 2010 ADA Standards

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    Thank you for your interest in the codes and standards that govern accessibility requirements. This course explores the demographics that are driving the accessible bath fixture market. All manufacturers must comply with the same requirements in order to meet UFAS and ADA standards. The accessibility standards common to all manufacturers challenge them to evacuate water on a shower floor that has a ¼-inch pitch to the drain. This is made more difficult by the fact that accessible showers have dams with minimal heights. The evolution of accessibility standards, the federal guidelines, and the products that meet these standards will be reviewed. At the end of this course you will be able to list codes and standards that govern accessibility requirements, identify project types that require accessible bath fixtures, and specify bath fixtures and accessories that meet current accessibility guidelines. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2011
    Subject(s):
    Codes and Standards, Universal Design, Design
    Sponsor:
    Aquatic
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Understanding Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

    This one hour course will help you to understand the importance of the changing demographics in the US and recognize the impact that the aging population is having on the environment and products. Additionally you’ll be able to identify the differences between accessible design and universal design. You will also be able to list the seven principles of universal design and give an example of how each is implemented through innovative, easy-to-use products to facilitate aging in place. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • NARI Universal Design Certified Professional Training Program

    The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) developed the Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) designation to promote standards of universal design and remodeling through credentialing of design and remodeling professionals. The Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) will be able to create comfortable and accessible homes, for everyone in the household – it’s not just “aging in place,” although the course does cover that aspect as well. This training and certification will prepare you, and prove your knowledge of the full scope of accessibility. You will have the tools to suggest making all elements and spaces accessible, comfortable and usable by all the home’s occupants. Universal Remodeling Projects are attractive not only to those who wish to age in place, but also for families with special needs, and families who are forward-thinking. Learn the 7 Principles of Universal Design, and how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs, and…. how to make their dreams come true. This program is available exclusively online at www.hanleywooduniversity.com. To enroll, you must meet the following criteria: be employed by or own a firm engaged in commercial or residential universal design or a remodeling firm that is supporting the universal design and remodeling industry; have a minimum of five years continuous full time experience in the remodeling industry; and have completed 8 hours of education addressing universal design or universal remodeling principles in the last 5 years. NARI reserves the right to deny your participation if you do not meet these requirements. his course will provide you with the tools to sell and conduct remodeling projects that are based on Universal Design principles. These are attractive not only to those who wish to age-in-place but also families with special needs and families that are forward thinking. You will learn the seven principles of Universal Design, how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs, and the how-to of building these projects. The cost of the online program is $399 for NARI Members and $499 for non-members. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    Ferguson