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"GOLD Standard" in Universal Home Design
July 13, 2016
City of Vernon's Mayor Akbal Mund supports SAFERhome Standards
The City of Vernon is an active supporter of SAFERhome Standards being incorporated in all residential construction. For example, the City has a rental housing grant program wherein eligible grant projects are to be constructed in accordance with SAFERhome standards. The 19-point standards of SAFERhome are exceedingly cost effective when included as part of new construction. View the letter from Mayor Mund.
May 16, 2016
Imagine if every home in Vernon was designed so that people could age in place. What if the design was simple and easy to implement? What if it increased the value of your new home?
SAFERhome guidelines will be the focus of an open house Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Turtle Mountain.
“You will be guided through a SAFERhome currently under construction and be shown the differences in design during the building stage,” said Jacob Kuiken, from Everton Ridge Homes.
For those involved in the construction sector, a more detailed presentation will take place at 5 p.m. at the Schubert Centre as part of the City of Vernon’s housing forum.
Patrick Simpson, with the SAFERhome Society, will provide an overview of the 19 requirements for SAFERhome certification.
“We want all families and seniors to have access to a building standard that will get them a safer more sustainable home,” said Simpson.
The Social Planning Council, the City of Vernon, and the Land Trust are part of the team promoting SAFERhome standards.
Residents are welcome to take part in the housing forum presentation at 5 p.m. at the Schubert Centre or drop in for the tour at 6 p.m. at Turtle Mountain. ... read more
May 5, 2016
SAFERhome & ASTTBC Home & Property Inspectors
In order to attain sustainable communities, homes must be designed to be both safe and adaptable. In partnership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, SAFERhome utilizes a ASTTBC certified home inspectors to ensure certification standards have been met.
SAFERhome provides the only certification program in Canada that addresses the issues of human sustainability in the application of universal design. ... read more
April 11, 2016
SAFERhome Standards Society partners with
Homeowner Protection Office Technical Research & Education
SAFERhome is a program recipient for the HPO's Building Excellence Research & Education Grants, Spring 2016. The details of the Industry Research Project are outlined below.
Universal Design Housing
Description • The universal design housing standards include safety and accessibility features such as wider doors, lower thresholds, easier access to light switches, smart home-style electrical options. • This study will identify research costs and benefits to incorporate universal design standards in low-rise multi-unit buildings.
Status: Project to be completed in 2016 Partners: SAFERhome Standards Society Audience: Builders, design professionals and the industry in general.
Building for Aging in Place
March 10, 2016
Building for Aging in Place
Gordon Porter Executive Director, Presentation to Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia
Creating inclusive housing designs with universal design principles is an important topic in all communities. When widely adopted by developers, inclusive housing design will help meet the changing needs of homeowners in residential buildings and serve the general needs of families and seniors. This course will demonstrate:
the incentives for developers and the direct benefits of building a home with inclusive design features;
the true costs of implementing inclusive housing design features; and
how to develop marketing language to clarify the value of the end product. link to presentation
ASTTBC Renews Link with SAFERhome Standards Society
SAFERhome folk visited ASTTBC recently to re-connect and consider how the two groups might once again collaborate in the delivery of the SAFERhome program.
Pictured here are (l to r): ASTTBC CEO John Leech; SAFER Executive Director Gord Porter; Founding Executive Director Pat Simpson; SAFER marketing and promotion champion Debbie Walker and ASTTBC Manager, Professional Practice & Development, Jason Jung.
Several years ago ASTTBC collaborated with SAFERhome in developing and publishing a Guide. In addition ASTTBC and SAFERhome collaborated in developing a special SAFER Certification program for ASTTBC registered House and Property Inspectors. ASTTBC members who complete the training are recognized by SAFERhome to inspect and approve a building as having met the SAFERhome Standards.
Englewood Courtyard - completed & SAFERhome Certified
This Project is now officially inspected and certified "SAFERhome".
You will be amazed at the quality and design that Mark Perry and his team have built. This is the most advanced new housing in Canada and nothing even close to this anywhere in North America. True Sustainable design that turns a house into a wonderful home.
Our excellent ASTTBC Inspectors have now certified the first building and we have gathered some great cost information. The costs of including the SAFERhome Standards have come in lower than even we had originally forecast. More cost information will be on this page shortly.
Welcome to the City of Vernon and the City of Armstrong
to the SAFERhome Society Membership
The City of Vernon organized a "get to know SAFERhome" meeting and brought in their inspectors and planners as well as other planners and inspectors from adjoining areas.
Vernon and Armstrong have joined in with Maple Ridge in being proactive with the community housing. These communities now have a real and tangible tool kit to future proof their housing.
Now you can get a hard copy of the SAFERhome manual or just some friendly SAFERhome facts at any of their planning departments. These communities are now helping to get their community members all the real information needed to design, build or renovate a home to be a better place to live.
Research Study on Universal Design Features in Residential Buildings
The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing, has partnered with the SAFERhome Standards Society to conduct a research study on the costs and benefits of incorporating universal design features in residential buildings. Homes built to SAFERhome standards can easily adapt to changing lifestyle needs to accommodate accessibility modifications over time.
"Universal design is about everyone. It’s a way of keeping children safer, a way of more easily having grandparents live or visit at home, and a way to age in place with dignity. Universal design creates more inclusive communities and supports inter-generational living," said Patrick Simpson, past Executive Director, SAFERhome Standards Society.
Announcement - New Pilot Project for BC Residential Developers
These great community people came out to help with the announcement of the new pilot project for BC residental developers that supports the building of Universal Design Housing.
left to right:
Mayor Brodie of Richmond, Anne McMullin President & CEO of UDI, Hon. Minister Yap, Al Hogarth Chairman of SAFERhome Board, Rob Howard MLA of Richmond.
SAFERhome - Making Homes Look Better, Work Better & Worth More
SAFERhome is trademarked in Canada and USA to protect consumers and their housing from any misrepresentation.
SAFERhome is a way for consumers to get a tangible and measurable building standard included into their projects.
SAFERhome is an affordable and invisible building "Standard" that makes homes worth more!
SAFERhome is helping to make your home a "Family-Friendly Environment" and a better investment!
SAFERhome gives consumers the ability to have a clear say in how their homes are built!
If you want or need a home that's both attractive and meets your current and future needs while looking fabulous then you have found the real and commonsense solution with SAFERhome.
SAFERhome Standards are 19 simple and measurable standards that result in a home that anticipates the needs of its users and provides a safer, more universally functional home environment. SAFERhome Standards fall within existing national and provincial building code requirements.
Why everyone needs a SAFERhome
According to Statistics Canada, by the year 2032, 48% of Canadians will be over 65 years old. That means, that by building to SAFERhome Standards, half the community will be directly served with appropriate housing to keep them safer, active and independent in their homes longer. As a bonus, everything we do for our aging parents works just as well for our children.
SAFERhomes are attractive, functional, valuable homes
There are already over 400 homes in British Columbia that are SAFERhome-certified. With the increasing demand for senior-friendly and family-friendly housing, those units will be in high demand in the real estate market.
Who are SAFERhomes Standards Society?
We are a non-profit organization funded by the BC Ministry of Housing to tell you: "Whether you are a home owner, home builder, developer, or municipality council member, you can do this today!"