Habitat for Humanity Home First to Employ Universal
Raleigh, NC The first Habitat for Humanity home that incorporates
universal design principles has been built by Habitat for Humanity
officials working in conjunction with the Center for Universal
Design and several more of the homes were under construction as of
this summer officials announced.
Officials from the Center for Universal Design, a project that
is based at North Carolina State University here, announced that
Habitat for Humanity volunteers had revised floor plans and made
product selections to ensure that the Orange County California
house met universal design standards and incorporated universal
Those features included such kitchen and bath elements as a
pressure-balanced, anti-scald bath control valve placed in an
offset location for improved visibility, access and safety; an
adaptable kitchen base cabinet with swinging, retractable,
self-storing doors to provide knee space when needed; a specially
made wall cabinet that provides lowered shelving, and a
front-loading washer and dryer raised on a platform to minimize
bending and stooping.
The Center for Universal Design is aimed at providing research,
information, training, design assistance and lobbying efforts on
behalf of all users of the built environment and related products.
Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, has built more than 70,000
houses in over 50 countries and 1,400 communities in the U.S.,
according to organization officials.