Assessor Livable Housing Design

LHD Assessor Livable Housing Design

George Saliba

Registered Assessor Livable Hosuing Australia



What is Livable Housing Design?

A livable home is designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime. Livable homes include key easy living features that make them easier and safer to use for all occupants including: people with disability, ageing Australians, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children.

A livable home is designed to:

  • be easy to enter
  • be easy to navigate in and around
  • be capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation, and
  • be responsive to the changing needs of home occupants

Livable homes enhance the quality of life of all occupants at all stages of their life.

What are the benefits of a livable designed home?

All Australians benefit from homes designed with comfort, safety and ease of access as core design features. These features make the home easier for parents to manoeuvre prams, easier to carry the shopping into the house, easier for people with disability or temporary injury to get around and easier to move furniture. These same features enable key living spaces to be more easily and cost effectively adapted to meet the changing needs and abilities of home occupants such as ageing baby boomers and people who have or acquire disability.

A livable designed home benefits:

  • Families with young children

    • By making it easier to manoeuvre prams and strollers and removing trip hazards for toddlers.
  • People who sustain a temporary injury

    • That limits their mobility (for example as a result of sporting or work-related injury or motor vehicle accident)
  • Ageing baby boomers

    • who are looking to move or renovate their existing homes to better accommodate future needs.
  • People with disability and their families

    • enabling them better choice of housing and the opportunity to visit the homes of friends and relatives


Livable Housing Design Guidelines

The levels of performance range from basic requirements through to best practice in livable home design. The levels are as follows:

Silver Level
Gold LevelPlatinum Level
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Seven core livable housing design elements Focuses on the key structural and spatial elements that are critical to ensure future flexibility and adaptability of the home. Incorporating these features will avoid more costly home modification if required at a later date.

Enhanced requirements for most of the core livable housing design elements plus additional elements. The gold level provides for more generous dimensions for most of the core livable housing design elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.

Some further enhanced requirements for the core livable housing design elements plus all remaining elements. All 16 elements are featured in the platinum level. This level describes design elements that would better accommodate ageing in place and people with higher mobility needs. This level requires more generous dimensions for most of the core livable design elements and introduces additional elements for features such as the living room and flooring. Performance levels

Our Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings represent a trusted quality mark ? a seal of approval that attests to enhanced livability.

LHA?s goal is simple: we champion the adoption by 2020 of a Silver rating for all new homes.

It?s makes smart sense to commit to livability features when a home is first designed and built rather than wait for an unplanned need to arise. In fact, international research shows that it?s 22 times more efficient to design for adaptability up front.

Livability works for pregnant mums, young families with kids and people with sporting or traumatic injuries, as well as seniors, Australians with disability and their families.

Livability is an investment that makes both economic and social sense. It also offers peace of mind

Livable Housing Australia Website