Patrick Simpson, Executive Director

Effectively immediately, Patrick Simpson has returned to the role of Executive Director for Saferhome Society.

Patrick is an early adopter in smart concept housing and Universal Design. Patrick works as a consultant as a Universal design and building specialist. He has been involved in the housing industry for more than 25 years through real estate and development, including market research, land assembly, project management, and design. Patrick has sat on many boards and committees in the Vancouver area and continues to volunteer with his community.

You may contact Patrick as follows:

Patrick Simpson

Updates to SAFERhome Standards

SAFERhome Standards updated September 2017
to 15 detailed measurable building points!

SAFERhome Standards was established in 2004 to empower the consumer and give them a way to measure tangible and real changes in how a home can be built. This Universal Standard originated in 1997 and included a low voltage wiring network that delivered improved communications, house management and environment control options.

At that time, wireless technology was still unreliable and hardwiring was the only way to get consistent control and solid security. The market place has since changed and evolved and there is now a large collection of wireless options that consumers can plug and play into their home without the need for a low voltage wiring network.

Although SAFERhome still believes that wireless is less reliable and less secure, the market and the consumer have now accepted wireless as a solid consumer product. To reflect this change in the market place SAFERhome Standards have been adjusted to give the consumer more options and more cost control.

The new Universal Home Gold Standard for SAFERhome is now 15 detailed measurable building points with 3 supplemental options from the 19 detailed measurable building points.

Read the details!

SAFERhome’ project on Wilmot – 1st to be certified on Vancouver Island

SAFERhome’ project on Wilmot – 1st to be certified on Vancouver Island

This is David Coulson Design’s first home to receive SAFERhome certification and is also the first project on Vancouver Island to be cerfified.  We believe the SAFERhome 19 point criteria is simply a smart way of building, not only making homes a better real estate investment but most importantly enhancing homeowners lifestyles both now and for the future.

Builder creates homes you can live in, a lifetime. He builds homes with the future in mind, wider hallways, closets that convert to elevators. Shaw TV’s Paul Beilstien has the story.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


Aging in place success stories

Municipalities, senior associations and private developers are making innovative changes towards Aging in Place. Learn how these real-life case studies are taking progressive steps in their communities.

Census 2016: For the 1st time, more seniors than children living in Canada

Census 2016: For the 1st time, more seniors than children living in Canada

SAFERhome Standards Society AGM

safer-logo-new-master-with-tagline-v1701SAFERhome Standards Society
2017 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8;00 pm
Trattoria, 4501 Kingsway #102, Burnaby, BC V5H 2A9


Mark Senner is elected President SAFERhome Standards Society.

Mark is President & CEO at CareAge Home and Health Enterprises Inc. A Senior Executive Business Leader with over 25 years of experience in executive management, business development, licensing/partnering, and marketing. CareAge is a certified renovation company and durable medical accessibility equipment company.

SAFERhome the only 100% measurable “GOLD Standard” in Universal Home Design

SAFERhome & ASTTBC Home & Property Inspectors

In order to attain sustainable communities, homes must be designed to be both safe and adaptable. In partnership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, SAFERhome utilizes a ASTTBC certified home inspectors to ensure certification standards have been met.

SAFERhome provides the only certification program in Canada that addresses the issues of human sustainability in the application of universal design.  … READ MORE

SAFERhome at BUILDEX Vancouver

W16: Aging in Place – Universal and Inclusive Design Standards and Best Practices


[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 – With the aging of the population and increasing life expectancy, the construction of sustainable homes that changes with occupants’ needs could have benefits for residents and communities.

Learn about universal and inclusive living design standards, which would allow occupants to live comfortably and independently in their homes as they age, and which could be adapted over time without the need for major upgrades or costly renovations.

Continue reading SAFERhome at BUILDEX Vancouver

SAFERhome open house on tap – Vernon Morning Star

May 16, 2016

SAFERhome open house on tap – Vernon Morning Star

Imagine if every home in Vernon was designed so that people could age in place. What if the design was simple and easy to implement?  What if it increased the value of your new home?

SAFERhome guidelines will be the focus of an open house Thursday from 6 to  7 p.m. at Turtle Mountain.

Everton Ridge Homes

“You will be guided through a SAFERhome currently under construction and be shown the differences in design during the building stage,” said Jacob Kuiken, from Everton Ridge Homes.

For those involved in the construction sector, a more detailed presentation will take place at 5 p.m. at the Schubert Centre as part of the City of Vernon’s housing forum.

Patrick Simpson, with the SAFERhome Society, will provide an overview of the 19 requirements for SAFERhome certification.

“We want all families and seniors to have access to a building standard that will get them a safer more sustainable home,” said Simpson.

The Social Planning Council, the City of Vernon, and the Land Trust are part of the team promoting SAFERhome standards.  read more

City of Vernon’s Mayor Akbal Mund supports SAFERhome Standards

July 13, 2016

City of Vernon’s Mayor Akbal Mund supports SAFERhome Standards

vernon-logoThe City of Vernon is an active supporter of SAFERhome Standards being incorporated in all residential construction. For example, the City has a rental housing grant program wherein eligible grant projects are to be constructed in accordance with SAFERhome standards. The 19-point standards of SAFERhome are exceedingly cost effective when included as part of new construction.  View the letter from Mayor Mund.