Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing launches

VisitAble Housing is an innovative housing concept that is gaining recognition across Canada. The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) is launching the Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing to showcase exemplary designs and practices of VisitAble Housing in Canada. The information on this page can be downloaded in PDF format from the following link: Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing – Background Information.

“VisitAble Housing” or “VisitAbility” is the concept of designing and building homes with basic accessibility. VisitAble homes provide easy access on the main level for everyone. VisitAble housing offers a convenient home for residents and a welcoming environment for all visitors.

VisitAble homes have three basic accessibility features:
*no-step entrance (at the front, back or side of the house)
*wider doorways and clear passage on the main floor
*a main-floor bathroom (or powder room) that can be accessed by visitors who use mobility devices

The Awards are intended to highlight and celebrate excellence in VisitAble housing in Canada. The Awards are a one-time program and national in scope. All entries must be received by 11:59pm (Central Time, Manitoba) on February 28, 2015. All winners and finalists will receive certificates. In addition, their projects will be widely publicized across Canada.

Eligible housing projects must meet all of the following criteria:
*have all three VisitAbility features incorporated
*have been built, renovated, developed, and/or created between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2014
*the project must be in Canada
*be in compliance with local building regulations at the time the project was built

Anyone (e.g., architects, builders, developers, owners, general citizens) may submit entries regardless of their direct involvement in the project. Those submitting entries must have permission from the owner at the time of submission. Multiple entries are acceptable.

Submissions are welcome in the following four categories, and each entry must be submitted under only one of these categories.
*single-family detached home
*townhouse – a townhouse development is defined as a multi-family housing project in which each unit has a separate entrance
*multi-family high-rise development (e.g., condos and apartments) – a multi-family high-rise development is defined as a project with one or more common entrances servicing all units
*residential renovation/remodelling

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