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Access experts’ training for housing professionals develops vital skills

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Published by David Halliwell for Habinteg Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health, Local Government

Accessible design specialists Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) and Habinteg are sharing their expertise to give housing professionals the in depth access knowledge they need to ensure the delivery of inclusive homes.

The interactive one-day course - Accessible Housing Guidance – in London on 5 February, will give participants the technical tools and detailed understanding required to implement access solutions. With the Government currently reviewing access standards in housing and the pressures of an ageing population focussing the attention of providers, accessible housing best practice is increasingly important.

Delivered by expert access consultants, the course offers practical exercises, working examples and troubleshooting advice. Delegates will also gain a thorough technical understanding of accessible design and the Lifetime Homes Standard. This essential training for architects, planners, developers and Registered Social Landlord development staff also includes:

  • current accessible housing guidance including Lifetime Homes
  • interpretation and compliance
  • comparisons between accessible housing guidance and Part M Building Regulations
  • best practice and additional guidance

Helen Carter, Interim Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments said:

“As the drive and demand for accessible homes increases and organisations look to address the housing challenges of the future, access will need to be at the top of their agendas. To remain ahead of the game, housing professionals will need to sharpen their skills to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing sector.

“Our training is renowned for extending delegates’ expertise in meeting the needs of older and disabled people. This course gives individuals practical demonstrations of best practice and analysis of future developments, fully preparing organisations to meet their consumer’s access needs.”

Mark Sweet, a training delegate from Strata Homes said:

“The course was excellent, very interactive with a real focus on problem solving. The tutor was very knowledgeable and clearly experienced in the issues associated with accessible design.

“Delegates’ queries were answered on a one to one basis helping to trouble shoot real life situations. The day was very informative and I would highly recommend it.”

The Accessible Housing Guidance course runs from 09:30 – 17:00 on Wednesday 5 February at Holyer House, 20-21 Red Lion Court, London, EC4A 3EB. The course costs £195 for non-members and £175 for CAE members. Visit http://www.cae.org.uk/training.html  or call 020 7822 8232 to book.

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