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From Geoff’s desk: Planning for a better future

Failure to plan is like planning to fail, which is why many organizations should spend a considerable amount of time thinking about the future. Councils around the country are now finalising their 10-year plans which will help shape the outcomes of their respective communities.

When it comes to housing, many of the messages are similar. Councils generally want housing systems to work economically, socially, and culturally with spaces that are accessible and inclusive.

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Turning 90

A home today is built to have a lifespan of 90 years. That means dwellings built today will still be in use in 2100 and possibly housing their 12th family group. What will life look like in 2100? It seems a long way off, yet we are developing structural and spatial designs today that will be required to adapt and function effectively in the 22nd century.

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Home Projects – Level Entry Shower Renovation

Home Projects is a Lifemark® Design Partner that specializes in renovating existing homes.

They recently completed a stylish bathroom renovation project for a couple in their mid-50’s with two young adult children, one who is legally blind.

A Level Entry shower was designed with the shower mixer located in the dry zone of the shower and no shower door. All shower walls were reinforced for future proofing of grab rails.

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From Geoff’s Desk: Welcome to 2021

We spend a lot of time in our homes, and last year we spent more than expected. This year…it’s too early to say but we do know a large number of people are renovating instead of travelling. This trend will continue.  At the same time, the housing sector delivers headlines about price increases and affordability and is certain to again be a political football.

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Holiday message from the Lifemark® team

To our Lifemark® Design and Product Partners and all architects, builders, designers, developers, community and public housing providers, disability advocates, CCS Disability Action colleagues, friends and family involved in our Universal Design community…

2020 hasn’t been an easy one.

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From Geoff’s Desk: Delivering a Decent House

Delivering a Decent House

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission published draft guidelines on the right to a decent house in mid-November that recognises the accessible dimension of housing.

This is a progressive and inciteful addition to a document that advocates that the supply of housing must be suitable for all people of all abilities and all stages in life.

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Designing for Diversity with Henry

Lifemark® social media specialist George chats about Universal Design and the upcoming UD video Series he has worked on with Henry McTavish.

George: Hi Henry and welcome.

Henry: Hi George, thanks for having me here.

George: The Social Media Specialist here at Lifemark®, and I am here with my friend and Lifemark® Design Partner, Henry from gud collective.

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