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Aaron Vander Meulen | Posted in Green Building Techniques on

I apologize if this is a dumb question, I’m kind of a new comer to this site. I haven’t really heard anyone mention anything in regards to universal design as it relates to green building. Is it assumed that these principals are already incorporated into your design, or is this just not an appropriate forum for these discussions? Just kind of curious.

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  1. Richard Clark | | #1

    what is universal design?

  2. Dan Kolbert | | #2

    I think it's an excellent question. It's not discussed enough. We're trying to find ways to incorporate UD into our work more, and the connections to this forum are, or should be, obvious. We need to find better, more creative ways to make homes accessible to occupants at various stages of life.

  3. Aaron Vander Meulen | | #3

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design

    IMHO building a house that can grow old with a client with out needing major modification if the need arises is a sound idea and part of the entire package of building a good home. I may be able bodied now, but I could also be in an accident tomorrow and never walk. That's why this summer when I replaced my front entrance there is now no step. I also think there is great value in making a home work as intuitively as possible. The sad truth, in my experience, is that the more complicated, or more maintenance it takes to keep something working effectively, the less likely people are to do it. Again, if this is not the place, I'll be happy to keep my thoughts to myself, just curious where others think this lies in the "green" conversation

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    Armando Cobo | | #4

    Aaron,
    It’s a great question. Every house I’ve designed in the last decade has universal design criteria incorporated in it. We calculated the average cost of a new 2,000 sq. ft. house was about $250.00 more, so there is no reason NOT to do it. Though the years I developed a list the City of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the Santa Fe HBA have adopted. You are welcome to use it as well: http://cobodesigner.com/universal-design/

  5. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #5

    Aaron,
    For more information on this topic, see Universal Design.

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