Housing projects achieve enhanced liveability
Evolve Housing and Yarra Community Housing are the first two supported housing projects in Australia to achieve Livable Housing Australia’s Platinum certification – a seal of approval that attests to enhanced liveability.
Evolve Housing in Sydney and Yarra Community Housing (YCH) in partnership with Mind Australia in Melbourne are the first two supported housing projects in Australia to achieve Livable Housing Australia’s (LHA’s) Platinum certification – a seal of approval that attests to enhanced liveability.
YCH achieved its certification for a dual disability housing and support project in Melbourne’s western suburbs, while Evolve Housing’s project in North Parramatta will deliver innovative supported accommodation for people with severe or profound disabilities.
LHA’s Livable Housing Design Guidelines outlines 16 design elements – such as a step-free entrance to the dwelling, internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces, and a toilet on entry level – that contribute to a liveable dwelling. All 16 elements are required in order to achieve Platinum level accreditation.
“The Livable Housing Design Guidelines are based on practical, common sense liveability principles. Both YCH and Evolve Housing developments will be more liveable, flexible and adaptable, but also better investments for the future,” states Peter Verwer, LHA’s chair. “Liveable homes cater not just for those living with disability or traumatic injury. Liveable homes work for pregnant mums, young families with kids and seniors wishing to age in place. We look forward to certifying a range of projects as industry embraces the liveable housing principles,” Verwer concludes. The Livable Housing Design Guidelines can be downloaded here.