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Accessible Design, Universal Design, and Social Equity--are we hitting the mark? (Part 2)

Posted by: GreenCE Sustainable Design and Construction // Sustainable Content Creator at GreenCE

In part 1 of this topic, I discussed the lack of accessible housing in America and explained the difference between accessible design, universal design, and equitable design. As a reminder, accessible design is a process in which all the needs of differently abled people are considered, specifically regarding how their access to everyday activities and living is made possible. Universal design is intended to create an environment that is accessible by as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender, religion, size, or ability, without adaptation or specialized design. Social equity is an approach or process that makes sure everyone has access to the same opportunities, recognizing that we all start from an unequal place. Equity works to correct that imbalance. 

Offering points toward certification is one way to motivate builders and designers to include accessible and/or universal design. There are a few LEED v4 categories in which it shows up, and the WELL Standard has also addressed both accessible design and universal design (also referred to as inclusive design) in their Community concept.

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Part 1 is found here: as well as in previous discussion post here on Rate It Green!



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