UD/B – Universal Design/Build

Creating Effective Solutions For Anyone To Use

  • This is a two-day, 12-credit hour, standalone class that complements but does not replace or suffice for the CAPS curriculum.
  • Universal Design/Build is a comprehensive approach to residential design and construction that serves all markets well – aging in place, visitability, adaptability, and people with no urgent or apparent medical needs.
  • The Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (CAPS I, CAPS II, and CAPS III) are not a pre-requisite for taking the Universal Design/Build course – it is independent.
  • CE credits (12-hours) are provided for CAPS, AIA, AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, and others.

Full Description Of The Class

  • This is a two-day, 12-credit hour, standalone class that complements but does not replace or suffice for the CAPS curriculum.
  • Universal Design/Build is a comprehensive approach to residential design and construction that serves all markets well – aging in place, visitability, adaptability, and people with no urgent or apparent medical needs.
  • Comfort, convenience, safety, and accessibility – regardless of age, stature or ability – are the hallmarks of inclusive design, otherwise known as universal or barrier-free design.
  • Interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, building materials designers and manufacturers, residential equipment suppliers, home builders, new home salespeople, real estate agents, remodelers, renovators, durable medical equipment suppliers, trade contractors, home decor and furnishings, and health care professionals, from OTs to case managers and physicians, will benefit from the creative design concepts and practices presented to develop market-driven projects that are highly functional, yet integrated and aesthetically appealing.
  • The Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (CAPS I, CAPS II, CAPS III) are not a pre-requisite for taking the Universal Design/Build course, but CAPS graduates will find benefit by expanding into the broader spectrum of universal design that offers a much wider target audience and a broader range of solutions.
  • Participants will be able to understand the significance of integrating UD concepts into residential construction to accommodate the widest ranges of physical needs and abilities, distinguish between accessibility solutions and UD solutions, respect ways that design can be both functional and attractive, identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budgets and changing needs of clients, utilize effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process, and locate new technology, resources, products, materials and services to advance the universal design strategy
  • Many real-world examples are explored and evaluated
  • A large personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits (12-hours) are provided for CAPS, AIA, AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, and others.