Evaluating Innovations in Home Modification
The IDEA Center’s Danise Levine, AIA, traveled to Home Innovations Research Labs’ state-of-the-art testing laboratory in January to meet with research partners for a three year project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The project, comprised of research, prototype testing and the evaluation of accessible design retrofits for semi- and non-detached housing, began in 2017. Phase I, a literature review co-authored by the IDEA Center is in its final review stage, with Phase II, prototype testing of accessible retrofits, set to begin next month. This phase will be completed utilizing a full-scale mockup home in Home Innovations’ Maryland facility. The four products being tested include the following: Flex Step, the Stair Steady, Movable Wall System, and All-Push Door. Stay tuned for the final literature review publication and retrofit research results!