Lifetime Homes Standards


Both homes have been designed to Lifetime Homes standards. Lifetime Homes standards are designed to provide adaptable accommodation through thoughtful design. There are 16 criteria for Lifetime Homes incorporating ease of access into and around the home. Wheelchair accessibility is the benchmark for space requirements. The Code 6 home also has provision for a lift in the sunspace to make moving between floors as easy as possible.

All public sector funded housing in England will be built to the Lifetime Homes standard from 2011 (it is a requirement now in Wales and Northern Ireland), with a target of 2013 for all private sector dwellings.

 

What is a Lifetime Home?

"...as it becomes the normal way to build in London, soon people will forget they were building homes that weren't suitable for a lifetime's use."
Ken Livingstone, Former Mayor of London.

What makes a Lifetime Home is the incorporation of 16 design features that together create a flexible blueprint for accessible and adaptable housing in any setting. The Lifetime Homes concept increases choice, independence and longevity of tenure, vital to individual and community well being.
Source - Lifetime Homes website.

What are the 16 Criteria?


1 - Car Parking Width 
2 - Access From Car Parking
3 - Approach Gradients
4 - Entrances
5 - Communal Stairs & Lifts
6 - Doorways & Hallways
7 - Wheelchair Accessibility
8 - Living Room
9 - Entrance Level Bedspace
10 - Entrance Level WC & Shower Drainage 
11- Bathroom & WC Walls
12 - Stair Lift/Through-Floor Lift
13 - Tracking Hoist Route
14 - Bathroom Layout
15 - Window Specification
16 - Controls, Fixtures & Fittings

Further information

Further information is available on the Lifetime Homes Standards website.

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Fact 10

The versatility of concrete can be seen in its application as a carrying medium for heating or cooling, whether this is via air or fluids.  The hollow cores in precast concrete floors can be used or pipes can be cast into slabs.  The concrete surface radiates very effectively, enables space to be used without the hindrance of radiators and protects the heating or cooling system within.

See more on the Thermal Mass properties of concrete within Why Masonry?