Health and well-being in BREEAM!
Health and well-being is highly desired in buildings. It promotes the quality of life and also reduction of energy consumption. In BREEAM (UK) certification for homes the focus is on the following scoring: energy, material and health & well-being. Health & well-being is all about daylighting, accoustic insulation and availability of private space in building design.
This issue promotes the construction of homes that are accessible and easily adaptable to meet the changing the needs of current and future occupants. Lifetime homes were developed by the Habinteg Housing Association by Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Helen Hamlyn Foundation in the early 1990’s. The code incorporates 16 design features that create a flexible blueprint for accessible and adaptable housing for the occupants. The purpose of this Code is not to deliver housing for designed for wheelchairs but a wide population (inclusive of aged people) to enable everyone to participate equally and independently in everyday activities.
Lifetime homes criteria!
- Where there is car parking adjacent to the home, it should be capable of enlargement to attain 3 300 mm width.
- The distance from the car parking space to the home should be kept to a minimum and should be level or gently sloping.
- The approach to all entrances should be level or gently sloping.
- All entrances should: be illuminated, have level access over the threshold and have a covered main entrance.
- Where homes are reached by a lift, it should be fully accessible.
- The width of the doorways should conform to 750 mm or wider and hallways be 900 mm or wider
- There should be space for turning a wheelchair in dining areas and living rooms and adequate circulation space for wheelchairs elsewhere.
- The living room should be at entrance level.
- In houses of two or more storeys, there should be space on the entrance level that could be used as a convenient bed-space.
- There should be: a) A wheelchair accessible entrance level WC, with b) Drainage provision enabling a shower to be fitted in the future.
- Walls in bathrooms and toilets should be capable of taking adaptations such as handrails.
- The design should incorporate: a. provision of a stair lift, b. a suitably identified space for a through-the-floor lift from the ground to the first floor, for
example to a bedroom next to a bathroom.
- The design should provide a reasonable route for a potential hoist from a main bedroom to the bathroom.
- The bathroom should be designed to incorporate ease of access to the bath, WC and wash basin.
- Living room window glazing should begin at 800 mm or lower and windows should be easy to open/operate.
- Switches, sockets, ventilation and service controls should be at a height usable by all (i.e. between 450 and 1 200 mm from the floor).
More info about sustainability in BREEAM and lifetime homes!
Further details on requirements can be obtained from lifetimehomes.org.uk.