Prototype Testing and Evaluation of Accessible Design for Retrofit for Semi-Detached and Non-Attached Houses
This project will study the typical pitfalls of retrofitting for accessibility in the target building type of semi-detached and non-detached residential buildings (town homes and row houses).
The US has a large housing stock of semi-detached and non-detached residential buildings (town homes and row houses) with narrow floor-plates and functionality spread among several levels. This configuration is particularly challenging when modifications are required to improve access, safety and usability for elderly and disabled residents. This project aims to provide that data.
The results will:
- identify best practice solutions and the most common barriers to adoption
- assist us to develop construction guidance to support designers, remodelers and homeowners in their decision-making and construction processes
- The primary deliverable is an inventory u2013 a plan book u2013 of specific and coordinated accessibility modifications to meet budget, construction and geometry constraints unique to the target housing types
Home Innovations Research Labs
HUD Grant#: H-21673CA