Habitat for Humanity Home First to Employ Universal Design Principles
Officials from the Center for Universal Design, a project that is based at North Carolina State University here, announced that Habitat for Humanity volunteers had revised floor plans and made product selections to ensure that the Orange County California house met universal design standards and incorporated universal design features.
Those features included such kitchen and bath elements as a pressure-balanced, anti-scald bath control valve placed in an offset location for improved visibility, access and safety; an adaptable kitchen base cabinet with swinging, retractable, self-storing doors to provide knee space when needed; a specially made wall cabinet that provides lowered shelving, and a front-loading washer and dryer raised on a platform to minimize bending and stooping.
The Center for Universal Design is aimed at providing research, information, training, design assistance and lobbying efforts on behalf of all users of the built environment and related products. Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, has built more than 70,000 houses in over 50 countries and 1,400 communities in the U.S., according to organization officials.