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Livable Housing Australia's September 2014 Newsletter
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Livable Housing Update                   September 2014
Lift-off to livability
Two of Australia’s largest developers have committed to championing livable design, a new board member joins us to strengthen our engagement with the residential development sector and more than 300 homes have now achieved certification.

We’re also excited to celebrate that a further 550 dwellings are currently registered for certification. Over the past 12 months we estimate that more than 10,000 homes throughout Australia have voluntarily adopted the LHD Guidelines.  We have lift-off on livable, lifespan-friendly homes.
Meriton - Celebrating 50 Years
Meriton backs livable benchmarks
Australia’s largest apartment developer, Meriton Group, has also signed a partnership with LHA which will see it champion best practice benchmarks for livable design.
 
“Meriton Group is proud to announce its Platinum Corporate Partnership with Livable Housing Australia, and we support LHA’s commitment to universal standards of safety, comfort and design excellence,” says Meriton’s General Manager, Peter Spira.
 
“Good apartment design adapts to the changing circumstances and mobility of its residents through every stage of life and the LHA logo is a stamp of quality assurance that people can trust. Meriton has been delivering quality apartments for 50 years, and we’re delighted to be a part of this evolution,” Mr Spira adds.
 
Meriton joins a growing list of Corporate Partners, which include the Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia, Lend Lease, Master Builders Australia, Stockland and Grocon.
Gold Coast "Sundale" Living Room by Meriton
Grocon commits to livability
Grocon recently became the first Australian real estate developer to commit to building all future residential developments to meet the national Livable Housing Design Guidelines.

Grocon has also signed on as a Platinum Corporate Partner with LHA.
 
“The ultimate test of design excellence is a building’s ability to remain relevant,” says Grocon’s Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Viney.
 
“Designing residential apartments that meet the changing needs of all of us throughout our lives is, in our view, an essential component of that relevance and points to functional brilliance.
 
“We’re very proud of the commitment we’re making to design in accordance with the Livable Housing Design guidelines. It’s a logical decision for our business and we’re excited about the advancements in accessible, lifespan-friendly design that are likely to come from our close collaboration with Livable Housing Australia,” Ms Viney adds.
Join the livable housing movementLHA Website
As momentum for livable design grows – with over 300 Design certifications and 38 As Built certifications complete – find out what you can do to become part of the livable housing movement. Check out our free online self assessment tool today to see where your home or project sits against the Livable Housing Design Guidelines or consider joining our livability leaders by becoming a Supporting Member today. 
Introducing our newest board member
“The industry’s leaders understand that a livable home is simply good design that meets the needs of all Australians,” says LHA’s newest board member, Nick Proud.
 
Executive Director of the Residential Development Council, Nick understands the challenges facing the housing industry - and the opportunities presented by livable, lifespan-friendly homes.  
 
Prior to his appointment at the Residential Development Council in February, Nick held technical and policy roles in a variety of organisations including the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council and the Housing Industry Association.
 
Nick acknowledges the ‘hard yards’ that LHA has already taken to establish a nationally-consistent approach to livable design, including the development and application of the Livable Housing Design Guidelines and quality mark certification.  He believes the recent launch by Minister Andrews of the online accreditation portal is another important step.
 
“From this position, it is pivotal that LHA, with support of the industry, continues working across governments to support state and local consistency,” Nick explains.
 
“Our industry has many great examples of livable housing product, and the developers have been quietly focused on getting their product to market. Our challenge – and our opportunity – is to prove that livable housing product can be achieved in the absence of regulation,” Nick adds.
Regulation rewind: ACT Government commits to working with LHA
We are pleased to advise that moves by the ACT Government to regulate livability features in new detached housing have been deferred in favour of a partnership approach with LHA.
 
The ACT Government has confirmed its intention to explore pathways to more livable housing which do not increase the regulatory burden on ACT residents and businesses.
 
Importantly, the ACT Government has acknowledged the valuable role played by LHA in working with industry on a voluntary, market-driven approach to stimulate the uptake of livable design practices in new housing construction.
 
A big round of applause to the ACT chapters of the Property Council of Australia, Master Builders Australia, Housing Industry Association and Australian Institute of Architects, who actively worked alongside us during the consultation phase.
Livable Housing Design Guidelines
Baby Boomers on the move
Did you know that, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than half of home buyers are 45 years and over?  Are your homes designed to meet their needs?  Download the Livable Housing Design Guidelines to find out.  Free apps available from the AppStore or Google Play
Achieving livable homes
Find out why Achieve Australia thinks its new Platinum-certified duplex in Sydney’s lower North Shore leads the way in demonstrating how to reduce the nation’s shortage of livable housing, while also tackling complex housing issues for people with disability.  Read more.
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Want to know more about the Livable Housing Design Guidelines?

Keen to tread the pathway to becoming a registered Livable Housing Design Assessor?

Why not register to attend an upcoming course.
Find out more or complete an expression of interest.
Livable design in the news
Australia is changing, and what we expect from our homes is changing too, says LHA's Executive Director, Amelia Starr, in Australian Ageing Agenda
 

Property Oz urges us to make homes the ‘havens we imagine’, Architect Victoria explores why livable design delivers a ‘future proofed’ investment, and Architecture & Design gives the thumbs up to the new online assessment portal.
 

Property Observer reports on Meriton’s partnership with LHA, and The Fifth Estate covers the commitment of the Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia and Master Builders Australia to LHA and livable design.
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