Monday, June 13, 2016

An Australian Idea That Could Find Its Way to the US

Since I am a senior citizen, this movement in Australia is something I like and at the same time realize it could add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new modular home through materials, labor, code regulations and inspections. Here is the article

An alliance of 800 disability advocates and ethical designers are calling for mandatory disability access in new homes.

Key points:

  • Alliance call for minimum access to be included in Australian building code
  • They say it will only add $1000 to construction costs
  • Housing Industry Association say they prefer decision to be voluntary

The alliance says Australia must do better as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and they have submitted a formal proposal for a change to building regulations.

CLICK HERE to read the Australian Government's Livable and Adaptable Housing Report

Margaret Ward, an architect and the convenor of the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design, said the alliance has called for minimum access to be included in the Australian building code, now called the National Construction Code.

If this were to actually to come to the US it may find the same reception sprinklers get. Local codes could exclude it within their individual states but the modular housing industry will be forced to install the ADA upgrades while site builders get a pass.

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