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Di­rec­tor of Vista Ac­cess Ar­chi­tects Farah Madon says ABS fig­ures in­di­cate one in five Aus­tralians is liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.

Live­able Hous­ing Aus­tralia has de­vel­oped three lev­els of hous­ing that sat­isfy the cri­te­ria of uni­ver­sal hous­ing de­sign — sil­ver, gold and plat­inum. New apart­ment build­ing de­sign guide­lines stip­u­late that 20 per cent of all new apart­ments will now have to meet the min­i­mum sil­ver stan­dard.

“This means that, in time, all new hous­ing stock which is three storeys or more would have to pro­vide min­i­mum uni­ver­sal de­sign fea­tures such as step-free ac­cess to at least one en­try door­way, in­ter­nal doors and pas­sage­ways that are wider than usual, a vis­itable toi­let on the en­try level with some cir­cu­la­tion space avail­able in front of the pan (and) a hob­less shower,” she says.

Ar­chi­tect Ash­ley Dunn said he had to con­vince coun­cil that mov­ing the en­trance to the rear (above), where the owner could en­ter eas­ily, was prefer­able to try­ing to en­ter via the front steps. The open-plan de­sign of this far South Coast house by...

This project where Farah Madon was ac­ces­si­bil­ity con­sul­tant achieved the plat­inum level of liv­ing hous­ing de­sign.

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