Issue 52 – August 2013
A new online BRANZ 'hub' provides well-targeted resourcesfor housingfor the architecture and design community on universal design. Universal design, sometimes known as 'design for life' and 'barrier-free design', is the principle of incorporating features into buildings and their immediate surrounds to ensure that they are widely accessible to all ages and abilities while minimising compromise. It's about making homes accessible, safe, and functional, while not compromising on aesthetics.
The 'hub' includes a gallery of generic dimensioned drawings, a tailored costing calculator, a gallery of design photos, and links to international resources.
→ Visit the 'hub' (http://www.branz.co.nz/universal_design)
Summarised from BRANZ Guideline, July 2013.