Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century.
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EP/Exceptional Parent Magazine, is a magazine for exceptional parents with exceptional children. Mr. Schwab has been writing for EP since 2003 and occasionaly contributes to the magazine.
PN Magazine (Paraplegia News) is the official magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. I contributed bi-monthly to the magazine in the Around the House column from 2009- 2017. Learn more at www.pvamagazines.com
Click on the PDF icon below to read A Stroll through the Universal Designed Smart Home. This article is a good tour overview of a home that includes healthy indoor living, sustainable construction details and universal designed spaces. It also includes an accessible bathroom that doubles as a huricane safe room. Printed with permission from EP/ Exceptional Parent Magazine, the magazine of exceptional parents with exceptional children. www.eparent.com
The PDF article below is reprinted with expressed consent of EP/Exceptional Parent Magazine. See below for contact info.The article titled America's First Universal Design "Smart"Home, A Call to action for a new $20,000 tax credit for Universal Designhomes and remodelsJuly 2009,Charles M. Schwab AIA, Architect & Author.PGS. 24-28 .
This article was published prior to the 2009 US stimulus package.The article examines combining long term healthcare savings in Medicaid and Medicare with job creation by building UD/Inclusive home remodels and new home construction . The home pictured below is the house design by Charlie Schwab illustrated and explained in the article. It is sustainable,with geo thermal heating, active and passive solar design and ICF construction, all with universal designed features for lifetime retirement living. It was completed in 2012 after the magazine article was published.
This home was designed by Mr.Schwab and built in Vernal Utah, a very arid climate.
This is the home featured in the article below.It is Universal Design,Geo-Thermal,Passive and Active Solar and built with Insulated Concrete Foundation/Walls.
No Place Like Home, PN magazine Oct 2012 This case study proposes that a UD housing tax credit could save the US billions of dollars in long term health care costs while creating housing construction jobs at the same time.
Please see the original more detailed article: A call to action for a $20,000 tax credit published in EP/Exceptional Parent magazine below(Second article from the bottom). That article was the first to explore the home healthcare incentive that proposed at home healthcare,as an incentive to raise income through natural remodel taxes, ( not another welfare program) as opposed to more expensive (taxpayer funded) facilities. A home addition or remodel needs to be designed to provide acess for the most dependable "Aging in Place" that allows for home healthcare and disability independent living.
The article at right written by Charles Schwab AIA is shared with expressed consent of PN magazine.A Homethat makes HouseCalls (Part 2), discusses Inclusive/universal design interior features. pgs 23-25, Feb.2011, www.pvamagazines.com
This article is reprinted with permission from Total Landscape Care Magazine, by Arrika Sansone, Oct 2011 pgs.31-34 titled Landscapes That Anticipate the Future, Common-sense features adapt to changing needs. Within it quotes Mr. Schwab and several other professionals about the future of Universal Design in the landscape.
The article at right titled : Universal Designed & "Smart" Appliances, Part 1 is reprinted with permission from PN magazine, The magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Pages 13-14 July 2011. Article by Mr. Schwabwww.pvamagazines.com
The article at right is reprinted with permission from PN magazine. The article titled: From the Floor Up Is about the inclusion of both "Green" building and Universal Design with a focus on in-floor radiant heating.Pgs.56-57, May 2011
The article at right in reprinted with permission from PN magazine, Article titled:"Negotiating Stairs, Stairlifts and MechanicalSystems".pgs 17-18 June 2011. Note we have detected an error in the first paragraph. "The cost for a single riser stairlift will range from $3,700-$5,000" not the amount of $1400 as mentioned.
The article below by Mr. Schwab is reprinted with expressed consent from the PVA Magazine PNwww.pvamagazine.com The monthly column "Around the House". Printed Nov. 2010 on pages 30-32. Article titled: Specially AdaptedHousing and UD, Entries and Building Costs , discussing Veteran SA benefits for housing and costs.
The article below is reprinted with expressed consent from the PVA magazine, PN www.pvamagazine.com, pages 13-16, October 2010.Article titledA Universal Design Retirement Home. features a custom home in Myrtle Beach NC.
Mr. Schwab is currently a Certified Green Professional (CGP), a NAHB designation. He is not a LEED AP as noted in the above article.This is a misprint. We apologize for the error.
The article below: "Reprinted with expressed consent and approval of EP/Exceptional Parent a monthly magazine for parents and families of children with disabilities and special health needs. For more information call (877)372-7368. www.eparent.com Offices at 416 Main Street,Johnstown PA, 15901. July 2004, Charles Schwab Architect AIA Author, Article titled: A Stroll through the UniversalDesigned Smart Home, for the 21st Century,discusses the features of a UD home through a strolling (both walking and rolling) tour. Pgs,24-29