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A new, two-day “Universal Design/Build” course — which will be offered on Feb. 6-7 as part of the pre-show schedule at the 2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando — focuses on integrated home design features and product specifications for clients whose needs are shaped by special circumstance, physical characteristics, health issues and aging.
“Universal Design/Build” expands on the previous CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) courses by examining how universal design can be successfully integrated into all residential construction projects as an alternative to focusing on specific modifications to meet the needs of one person. Students who complete the course can earn continuing education toward most of NAHB's professional designations.
The course curriculum aims to improve and incorporate skills in many professions — building, design and social and health services.
The creative design concepts and practices presented will enable industry professionals to produce marketable projects that support the changing needs of clients over their lifetimes.
Graduates of this course will be able to:
Describe the significance of integrating universal design concepts in residential construction
Distinguish between accessibility solutions and universal design solutions
Describe ways that design can be both functional and attractive
Identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budgets and changing needs of clients
Use effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process
Locate resources, products, materials and services
Marion Edward Foddrill, vice president of Facilities at Inspire-the CP Center in Goshen, N.Y., was impressed by the diverse amount of material on home design for the future and aging in place that was covered in the pilot "Universal Design/Build" course.
“Nowhere else could anyone find a more comprehensive education in this growing and much-needed segment of the building industry," Foddrill said. "Coming away from this and the CAPS courses, I find the knowledge I gained immeasurable when talking with clients about their needs and the possibilities of design.”
Nora DeVoe, a gerontologist from Buffalo, N.Y., said the course provided her with plenty of information and featured “great insights from the presenters who were very well versed in their field.” She said she looked “forward to putting this information into practice within my business.”
The “Universal Design/Build” course is just one of many aging-in-place and universal design offerings at IBS. Sessions on increasing sales, affordable universal design and more can be found here.
In addition, the 50+ Lifestyle Central will feature specialized workshops, activities and networking with professionals incorporating universal design in their business.
Pre-show course fees are in addition to IBS registration fees. See a complete schedule at www.buildersshow.com/preshow.