Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century. To your good Health !
UD Interiors & Bathrooms are sustainable with clean air systems, finishes and products.
Universal Designed "Smart" Interior features included in all our plans:
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No steps into home provide easy access.
Smooth floor finish transitions make for easy movement throughout the home.
This home is designed for a family whose child uses a mobility device and also features circulation around sociopetal furniture layouts
Notice the open plan and smooth flooring for walker and scooter use for this elderly couple.
Universally designed bathrooms include healthy & smart lifespan features.
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Curbless roll-in shower for easy access
A smooth floor finish inhibits falls and allows rolling use.
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Green features ofUniversal Designed "Smart" Homes. May we ask you to consider the following?
What is the use of building a home with universal design features if you cannot make the utility bills or remain in your home at all times.Conversely, what is the point of building a highly energy efficient,sustainable home ifyou or a family member are not able to obtain basic access throughout to enjoy it?
As people live longer lives, sooner or later you, or someone you love, may experience these life challenges. Wouldn't you (or they) prefer to remain in your own home, and possibly avoid long term hospital expenses or long term out of home care at the same time?
Genuine Independent living can be achieved with Lifespan home design and sustainable and clean air features. These mutually complement each other and benefit all of your friends and family.
Our building plans are designed with an energy efficient building envelope. Mr. Schwab is also an NAHB designated (CGP), Certified Green Professional. All of the homes are designed with energy efficient construction details and specs. and to 2012 IECC energy codes. You may select the code of your choice if custom.
Since the heating and cooling system accounts for 50-70% of your homes total energy use, (according to the US Dept.of Energy, DOE) the savings can be large.
For both water and energy conservation we highly recommend point-of-use tankless water heaters.Water Pedals, automatic water shutoffs, aerators and infrared sensors in faucets can also be selected. Other water saving features are a integral part of all designs.
These products are a good idea for those that are forgetful while saving you hundreds of dollars and gallons of water over time.People don't realize the energy required to deliver the new "Gold" of the 21st Century.....Water.
The home plans are designed with abundant natural light, in several areas of the home that have been traditionally dark. In hallways, tubular skylights are often included. This is also your option. Natural light has proven to improve occupancy health and safety and is a very important attribute of all designs.
We promote alternative energy sources and encourage the use of passive solar systems for heating and the use of photovoltaic for electricity generation. Although we do not specify specific mechanical systems in our plans due to differing climates, we recommend the use of in-floor radiant heating systems for both energy efficiency and clean indoor air characteristics.
As mentioned, we recommend Energy Star rated appliances. The homes are highly insulated and the windows are specified with low-E glass as per code. The ERV or HRV mechanical ventilation system will assure adequate fresh air.
Low and no VOC products and finishes are specified.
Sample front view a plan in the book
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