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As the interest in aging-in-place grows, so does the demand for seniors-appropriate new homes, renovations, and assistive devices. This information can help builders and remodelers address the needs of their older clients, and builders focused on building houses for every need.

Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Universal Design Bathtubs and Showers
Universal Design Kitchen Cabinet

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Aging-In-Place Design Checklists
Fair Housing Act Design Manual
Principles of Universal Design
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Accessibility Laws and Regulations - Residential

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

The National Older Adult Housing Survey: A Secondary Analysis of Findings Follow-up analysis of a study on the housing needs and preferences of older adult homeowners.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

Are there any electrical products that are becoming more popular among older homebuyers/remodelers?
How do I find a remodeler or contractor who knows how to make modifications to improve the accessibility of my home?
I am putting together a seminar for "baby boomers" and seniors on easy maintenance homes. What is it that makes a home low maintenance?
What are age-designated communities?
What are the categories of design that provide accessibility?
What are the characteristics of Universal Design and why is it helpful for seniors?
What are the various housing choices available for seniors?
What are typical modifications that I can add to a house to increase the accessibility and make it more "senior friendly"?
Where can I find guidelines for building a ramp, installing grab bars, or installing other home modifications?
Where can I find information about earning the CAPS designation?
Where can I get information on the affordable features of the LifeWise Home?

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