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We are here to assist Australians to design and certify their current or future home for a lifetime of living.

Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry.  LHA champions the mainstream adoption of livable housing design principles in all new homes built in Australia.  LHA arose from the Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, which established nationally agreed guidelines on designing and building livable homes.

The Livable Housing Guidelines which have been developed by industry and the community provide assurance that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, as well more cost effective to adapt when life’s circumstances change.

Families with young children benefit from Livable Homes that make it easier to manoeuvre prams and strollers and remove trip hazards for toddlers. Moving furniture into and around a Livable Home is easy with wider doors and corridors.

People who sustain a temporary injury benefit from Livable Homes due to the easy to operate door handles and the step free pathway to all key areas of the home.

Ageing baby boomers who are looking to move or renovate their existing homes will benefit from Livable Homes. As their physical abilities change with age, this growing segment of the Australian property market will appreciate the simple changes to design that make their lives easier and safer. Visiting children and grand children will also be safer in their Livable Home.

People with a disability and their families will benefit from Livable Homes that enable them to take advantage of better housing choices and gives them the opportunity to visit the homes of friends and relatives.

Recent LHA Guidelines User – Pam (Melbourne)

“On reflection, coming across the LHA website was my saving grace. Many baby boomers considering demolishing the family home and boutique builders constructing many of the dual occupancy or 3 unit developments need to be aware of the LHA Guidelines. My family and friends are encouraging me to spread the word.”

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Certification Process

Achieving our Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of design provide the basis for home has been designed and built with livability in mind.

Achieving a rating involves an assessment at the design and/or as built stages of your project by a qualified industry professional including architects, building designers, builders, occupational therapists, access consultants and building surveyors.

All architects, building designers, builders, occupational therapists, access consultants and building surveyors who have professional currency and professional indemnity currency are encouraged to work with the LHA Guidelines.  These professions are able to certify that a design meets LHA levels, unless otherwise mandated by the planning or development authority.

Some clients wish to have the certification acknowledged with the LHA Silver, Gold or Platinum logo.Only architects, building designers, builders, occupational therapists, access consultants and building surveyors who have completed the required RTO course, maintain currency of occupation and insurance, registered with LHA, and listed on www.lha.org.au can assign the LHA Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

LHA Design Guideline Assessors registered with LHA and listed on this web site can design or assess a design or an as built house as meeting the Livable Housing Silver, Gold or Platinum levels. They can assign the use of an LHA Silver, Gold or Platinum logo to a design or an as built home based on their assessment which can then market the home as being livable to future home buyers.

Check whether your current or future house design is livable 

Try our Self Assessment Tool

Become an LHA Design Guideline Assessor

All architects, building designers, builders, occupational therapists, access consultants and building surveyors who have professional currency and professional indemnity currency are encouraged to work with the LHA Guidelines. Only an LHA Guideline Assessor who has been deemed competent can issue the logo, it is important that professionals undertake the 3 hour training session and complete the online open book exam in order to receive their Certificate of Competency.

Current course dates and locations for 2016 are as follows:

Melbourne, 26 October 2016:  9.00am – 12.00noon.
Brisbane, 3 November 2016: 9.00am – 12.00pm                                                                                           Canberra, 16 November 2016:  9.00am – 12noon
Sydney, 30 November 2016: 9.00am – 12.00noon

Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Please contact the Institute of Access Training Australia to express your interest for the next course

Please contact the Institute of Access Training Australia, at admin@accessinstitute.com.au, for an enrolment form and to book your place now.

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    Select Your Assessor

    Select and contact your desired assessor via our website or by way of professional industry associations or by talking to a qualified industry professional.
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    Design Your Project

    Once you’ve secured your chosen assessor, ask the industry professional to meet one of the three LHA levels.
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    Assessment Completed

    Your assessor will undertake a review of your designs / dwelling and submit the results to the register (site under maintenance).
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    Receive Your Results

    Once your project is certified, you will receive all the related documentation and the use of the LHA logo on condition that the professional is registered by LHA, maintains currency of occupation and insurance as well as being listed on www.lha.org.au.

 

Livable Projects

Dwellings that comply with the Silver, Gold or Platinum performance levels outlined in the Livable Housing Design Guidelines are located all through the community. These case studies of certified projects provide information to help you understand just how easy it is to make a livable home.

 

Download Guidelines

The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were created to provide a nationally consistent, inexpensive and practical set of guidelines to make homes safer, more comfortable and easier to access for people of all ages and abilities.

Download your free copy

 

Assess your home today

Our Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings represent a trusted quality mark - a seal of approval that gives you confidence that your home has been designed and built with livability in mind. Review the dimensions of your home today and see if it meets the Silver, Gold or Platinum level for livability.

Try our Self Assessment tool

 

The History of LHA

Established in 2011, Livable Housing Australia is a not-for-profit partnership between community and consumer groups, government and the residential building industry.

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