Pictured at the groundbreaking (L-R): Chuck Stam, City of Chilliwack; Chief Campbell,
Tzeachten First Nation; Al Hogarth, Chairman SAFERhome Standards Society;
Andrew Macdonald and Mark Perry of Englewood Courtyard Management Ltd.; and MLA John Martin.
Research Study on Universal Design Features
in Residential Buildings
The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing, has
partnered with the SAFERhome Standards Society to conduct a research
study on the costs and benefits of incorporating universal design
features in residential buildings.
Plans for the study were announced at an August 2013 groundbreaking
for a new 156-unit family housing development being built by
Englewood Courtyard Management Ltd which will incorporate
the SAFERhome’s 19-point standards. Since the announcement,
foundation work has commenced on phase one of the
Englewood Courtyard development.
The HPO will provide funding for SAFERhome inspection and
certification of the 100 units as required for the research study.
We anticipated that the research study will be completed in 2015
and results will be shared with industry and published on the
HPO website at that time.
Homes built to SAFERhome standards can easily adapt to
changing lifestyle needs to accommodate accessibility
modifications over time.
"Universal design is about everyone. It’s a way of keeping children
safer, a way of more easily having grandparents live or visit at home,
and a way to age in place with dignity. Universal design creates
more inclusive communities and supports inter-generational living,"
said Patrick Simpson, Executive Director, SAFERhome Standards Society.
Come join in the fun
Englewood Presentation Center
Find out more information on these exciting new homes and get all your questions answered by contacting Englewood using the methods below:
Kathy Virtanen: 778.242.3694
Mark Perry: 778.240.8513
45750 Keith Wilson Road
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Presentation Center ( Open 12-4 Daily! )
These great community people came out to help with the announcement of the new pilot project for BC residental developers that supports the building of Universal Design Housing
left to right: Mayor Brodie of Richmond, Anne McMullin President & CEO of UDI, Hon. Minister Yap,
Al Hogarth Chairman of SAFERhome Board, Rob Howard MLA of Richmond.
Congratulations to Peace Enterprises in Fort St John for successfully certifying
all of the homes in their 12 unit development in November 2012.
Anyone in Fort St Johns who wants to see and buy a true home for the future
should get in touch with
Peace Enterprises Ltd.
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to
help you discover who you are"
With over 15 years experience in the building and renovation industry in the Peace River area,
they have grown to become one of the top builders in the region.
Quality and customer satisfaction has become standard.
More projects are on the way, so stay in touch!
[click here to see pictures of completed SAFERhomes]
SAFERhome is trademarked in Canada and USA to
protect consumers and their housing
from any misrepresentation.
SAFERhome is a way for consumers to get a tangible
and measurable building
standard included into their projects.
SAFERhome is an affordable and invisible building
that makes homes worth more!
SAFERhome is helping to make your home a
"Family-Friendly Environment" and
a better investment!
SAFERhome gives consumers the ability
to have a clear say in
how their homes are built!
SAFERhome - Making homes look better,
work better and worth more.
If you want or need a home that's both attractive and meets your current and future needs while looking fabulous then you have found the real and commonsense solution with SAFERhome.
SAFERhome Standards are 19 simple and measurable standards that result in a home that anticipates the needs of its users and provides a safer, more universally functional home environment. SAFERhome Standards fall within existing national and provincial building code requirements.
Why everyone needs a SAFERhome
According to Statistics Canada, by the year 2032, 48% of Canadians will be over 65 years old. That means, that by building to SAFERhome Standards, half the community will be directly served with appropriate housing to keep them safer, active and independent in their homes longer. As a bonus, everything we do for our aging parents works just as well for our children.
SAFERhomes are attractive, functional, valuable homes
There are already over 400 homes in British Columbia that are SAFERhome-certified. With the increasing demand for senior-friendly and family-friendly housing, those units will be in high demand in the real estate market.
Who are we?
We are a non-profit organization funded by the BC Ministry of Housing to tell you: "Whether you are a home owner, home builder, developer, or municipality council member, you can do this today!"