Universal Design (UD)
u If universal design is to succeed, builders must embrace the concept. The following sites will serve as an introduction to universal design for builders. It is vital that contractors understand the need to embrace the concept of universal design so they can build housing for all members of society.
Seven Principles of
1. Equitable Use
2. Flexibility in Use
3. Simple and Intuitive
4. Perceptible Information
5. Tolerance for Error
6. Low Physical Effort
7. Size and Space for Approach & Use
Using these seven principles, A group of stakeholders from across the state started an organization called MissouriUD to develop information concerning the implementation of universal design standards. The following information is linked to their website, missouriud.org, and can also be found by clicking on these links.
The Basics of Universal Design: An overview of universal design including characteristics and benefits.
Introduction to Universal Design for Builders: A basic definition of universal design As an introduction for builders, this is a simple way to begin to think of universal design and its application for builders.
Rationale for Universal Design: Examines the trends in society to stress the importance of universal design.
Remodeling and Rehabilitating with Universal Design: If you are looking for strategies to rehabilitate and remodel residential housing while using the concept of universal design, this site will be a valuable resource.
Additional Information for Builders:
Building and Preparing a Safe Room: In the wake of the tornado in Joplin, this page from FEMA provides a variety of information on how to make a safe room a part of an UD home.
TAC Resource Center on Supportive Housing: This site provides a variety of information for builders about grants, policies and programs involved with supportive housing.