Lifetime Homes Standards
The Lifetime Homes Standard is a series of sixteen design criteria intended to make homes more easily adaptable for lifetime use at minimal cost. The concept was initially developed in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Habinteg Housing Association.
The administration and technical support on Lifetime Homes is provided by Habinteg, who took on this responsibility for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2008. A dedicated website providing information about Lifetime Homes design, technical specification and policy background can be found at www.lifetimehomes.org.uk.
On 25 February 2008 the UK Government announced its intention to work towards all new homes being built to Lifetime Homes Standards by 2013.
The sixteen criteria are:
1. Parking (width or widening capability)
2. Approach to dwelling from parking (distance, gradients and widths)
3. Approach to all entrances
5. Communal stairs and lifts
6. Internal doorways and hallways
7. Circulation space
8. Entrance level living space
9. Potential for entrance level bed space
10. Entrance level WC and shower drainage
11. WC and bathroom walls
12. Stairs and potential though floor light dwelling
13. Potential for fitting of hoists and bedroom / bathroom
15. Blazing and window handle
16. Location of service controls
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