Livable housing design is when a home is designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime.
There are three categories of performance for livable housing, outlined in the Guidelines by Livable Housing Australia. They are silver, gold and platinum—each of which encompass a range of core design elements to provide a more functional, safer and adaptable house.
The core elements outlined in the three categories range are detailed in the Livable Housing Guidelines.
The silver level focusses on the key structural and spatial elements that are critical to ensure future flexibility and adaptation of the home. Incorporating these features will avoid more costly home modification if required in the future.
The gold level provides for more generous dimensions for most of the core livable housing design elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.
The platinum level describes design elements that would better accommodate ageing in place and people with higher mobility needs. This level requires more generous dimensions for most of the core livable design elements and introduces additional elements such as the living room and flooring.
Liveable Housing Australia have set an aspirational target for all new housing to be designed and built to meet minimum livable housing design standards by 2020.