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.
A certification program that encourages safer home environments for people of all ages and abilities, by setting out a series of housing standards and practices that are safe, healthy and sustainable for everyone.
By Leslie YoungNational Online Journalist, Investigative Global News
For the first time in census history, there are more seniors than children living in Canada.
According to results from the 2016 census released Wednesday, there were 5.9 million people aged 65 and older in Canada – just slightly more than the country’s 5.8 million children under 14.
Statistics Canada attributes this, in part, to the post-war baby boom. As the first group of baby boomers turned 65 and entered their senior years, they had a disproportionate impact on Canadian demographics. Canada’s low fertility rates also contributed, as did the fact that Canadians are living longer than ever.
“The reason is basically that the population has been aging in Canada for a number of years now and the fertility level is fairly low, below replacement levels,” said Andre Lebel, a demographer with Statistics Canada
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
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.
City of Vernon’s Mayor Akbal Mund supports SAFERhome Standards
The 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.
Welcome to the City of Vernon and the City of Armstrong to the SAFERhome Society Membership
The City of Vernon organized a “get to know SAFERhome” meeting and brought in their inspectors and planners as well as other planners and inspectors from adjoining areas.
Vernon and Armstrong have joined in with Maple Ridge in being proactive with the community housing. These communities now have a real and tangible tool kit to future proof their housing.
Now you can get a hard copy of the SAFERhome manual or just some friendly SAFERhome facts at any of their planning departments. These communities are now helping to get their community members all the real information needed to design, build or renovate a home to be a better place to live.
This Project is now officially inspected and certified “SAFERhome”.
You will be amazed at the quality and design that Mark Perry and his team have built. This is the most advanced new housing in Canada and nothing even close to this anywhere in North America. True Sustainable design that turns a house into a wonderful home.
Our excellent ASTTBC Inspectors have now certified the first building and we have gathered some great cost information. The costs of including the SAFERhome Standards have come in lower than even we had originally forecast. More cost information will be on this page shortly.
ASTTBC Renews Link with SAFERhome Standards Society
SAFERhome folk visited ASTTBC recently to re-connect and consider how the two groups might once again collaborate in the delivery of the SAFERhome program.
Pictured here are (l to r): ASTTBC CEO John Leech; SAFER Executive Director Gord Porter; Founding Executive Director Pat Simpson; SAFER marketing and promotion champion Debbie Walker and ASTTBC Manager, Professional Practice & Development, Jason Jung.
Several years ago ASTTBC collaborated with SAFERhome in developing and publishing a Guide. In addition ASTTBC and SAFERhome collaborated in developing a special SAFER Certification program for ASTTBC registered House and Property Inspectors. ASTTBC members who complete the training are recognized by SAFERhome to inspect and approve a building as having met the SAFERhome Standards.
SAFERhome Standards Society partners with Homeowner Protection Office Technical Research & Education
SAFERhome is a program recipient for the HPO’s Building Excellence Research & Education Grants, Spring 2016. The details of the Industry Research Project are outlined below.
Universal Design Housing
Description • The universal design housing standards include safety and accessibility features such as wider doors, lower thresholds, easier access to light switches, smart home-style electrical options. • This study will identify research costs and benefits to incorporate universal design standards in low-rise multi-unit buildings.
Status: Project to be completed in 2016 Partners: SAFERhome Standards Society Audience: Builders, design professionals and the industry in general.