The Power of Synergy
Dave Porter of PorterWorks said we’ve all scared the crap out of each other enough. Take water for instance. Of all the water on the planet only 3% of it is potable, 2% of it is ice, and we are wasting so much of it.
What does green mean to you?
People spoke up with a lot of words –
Dave says a lot of green building is missing the mark. He has seen a lot of 4 and 5 star Built Green homes, but they are not designed to last.
Words for Universal Design
Simple solution to a complex problem
Proportional (too many homes are too large and just for two people)
We spent some time evaluating the room we were in.
Universal design is not a hospital or hotel room that is “accommodating”. They all look and smell like old nursing homes. He is talking about some spiffy places. European curbless shower. The tile does not have to scream hospital.
1 in 9 people have an issue with indoor air quality, lke asthma.
Why people buy green homes
Indoor air quality
They care a little bt about the world.
…in that order.
People are very interested in protecting their house. Indoor air quality and home security is something people will spend money on.
It is ridiculous that people will buy a green home to address indoor air quality issues but then bring in toxic furniture.
7,000 people become 65 every day.
2.7 million people in a wheelchair
6.8 million need some sort of mobility assistance
10 million blind or visually impaired, 1 million deaf and 10 million hard of hearing
NAHB has a program Certified Aging In Place. But Dave says it is about any age, there are 121,000 under the age of 15 in a wheelchair.
Someone you know is going to need Grace of the space
Intersection between green and universal design
A rambler – smaller home, no stairs
Floor coverings –
HVAC – ductless, remote control, accessible filter
Light switches – they should be lower
Outlets – should be higher
Windows – hand crank openings, good daylighting so no need to use lights
Materials – concrete floors, wood
Appliances – induction stoves since it inly heats metal and not people. Some people have sensory limitations. Central vacuum systems. Microwave drawer. Dish drawrs instead of front loaders. Front loading washing machine instead of top loader. Pull out shelves. More drawers.
Cabinets and hardware see above
Landscape and walkways – pervious concrete would offer traction on a ramp. Drip irrigation Biophylia. raised garden beds.
Seven Principles of UD
– Equity Use
– Flexibility in Use
– Simple and intuitive to use
-Tolerance of errors
-Low physical effort
-Size and space for approach and use
UD and Green Checklist
-Do not think disability, wheelchairs, or ramps
-Do not think ADA, Fair Housing Act or other accessibility guidelines
Now the room has been brokern into sections and we are putting on our “designer” hats to design a green and universally designed home.
Dave concluded with some photos of good universal design. Your job is to solve problems. Uncover problems then solve them.
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