Pathways are provided towards the information required to make informed decisions about better design, and to enable you to easily understand and access, in a structured way, the standards and guidance required to ensure that every person has a home that is appropriate to their needs. This is underpinned by the existing regulatory environment and by the principles of Universal Design.

From the perspective of a design practitioner, an overview and links are provided to existing published legislation  and guidance on designing to meet the needs of all.

  • For guidance on adapting an existing home or designing a new home for a person with a disability click here ;
  • For an overview of the Building Regulations as they apply to the access and use of residential dwellings click here ;
  • For guidance on designing homes to Universal Design standards click here.
  • For available design guidance that addresses specific needs, including guidance on:
  • designing wheelchair accessible housing;
  • designing housing to suit older people;
  • designing for people with dementia;
  • designing for people who have a sensory impairment;
  • designing for people with a mental health condition;
  • designing for people who have autism;
    click here.
  • For guidance on the design of the public realm click here;
  • For guidance on the use of assistive technology click here;
  • For Commonly used design terms and concepts click here;
  • For an overview of Government policy and legislation click here.
  • For links to external websites and publications that will provide you with detailed information, guidance and case studies click here.