Blue Mountains City Council


Livable Housing Design

The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were launched by the Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 13 July 2010. These guidelines seek to promote awareness of the benefits of incorporating universal design principles into new housing within the residential design and construction industry and local government and to provide useful information for consumers seeking to introduce universal design features into a new home or when renovating an existing home.

The voluntary Livable Housing Design Guidelines consist of three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum, and outline the key features required to meet each standard. The Livable Housing Design Guidelines aim to promote the building of houses that can be adapted to meet the changing needs of residents over their lifetime, and recommend the inclusion of key easy living features that aim to make homes easier and safer to use for all occupants including people with a disability, ageing people, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children.

The guidelines promote a liveable home that is designed to be:

  • Easy to enter,
  • Easy to move around in,
  • Capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation, and
  • Designed to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of home occupants.

The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were developed by the National Dialogue. Dialogue members have agreed to develop a national awareness campaign and brand for Universal Housing Design.

The members of the National Dialogue are:

  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Australian Local Government Association
  • Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
  • COTA Australia
  • Grocon
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Lend Lease
  • Master Builders Australia
  • National People with Disabilities and Carers Council
  • Office of the Disability Council of NSW
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Real Estate Institute of Australia
  • Stockland
  • Victorian Building Commission

Blue Mountains City Council resolved on 23 November 2010 to support the implementation of the Livable Housing Design Guidelines and encourage all architects, building designers, builders and home owners to comply with the guidelines. Homes built to comply with these guidelines will deliver better long term outcomes for those who wish to age in place or who need to adapt their homes to deal with disabilities that may arise over time.

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