As reported by the ABC back in June, disability advocates are becoming more vocal about the lack of accessible housing in their communities. On the Sunshine Coast, P2P Housing, in conjunction with Murphy Homes, are leading the push with Project Silver.
It is expected that universal standards will be coming in some form, but not until changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2022. Project Silver is meeting the market before mandatory requirements are established, and providing a real solution for all people who need and want accessible housing.
What is Silver Level?
Livable Housing Australia (LHA) Silver Level homes have seven core elements, focusing on the key structural and spatial elements that ensure future flexibility and adaptability of your home. Building your home this way from the outset is cost effective and smart to address modifications that may be required over time. The small investment now could save you thousands in years to come.
Accessible housing is beneficial to all ages and stages. While disability may be the current focus, it’s advantageous for everyone. Young families see the benefits of wider hallways and doors for manoeuvring prams, sporting goods, and general liveability; baby boomers and empty nesters will see the value in ageing in place, without the need to relocate as their mobility changes. And of course, accidents can happen to anyone, with temporary mobility aids required, and a Silver Level home could mean coming home from hospital sooner.
Project Silver aims to get more accessible housing stock into the market, not only for home owners but also investors. Accessible homes widen the rental market for investors with potentially less vacancy and solid long term tenancies.
Murphy Homes have seen the logic and merit in adopting liveable design principals as the benchmark for all their new builds as a standard. They are showing initiative and marking these changes to the way they build before it’s law just because it makes sense – why wouldn’t you?
Through the initiative of P2P Housing and Murphy Homes things are changing on the Sunshine Coast. Call Shane to find out more on 07 5370 2083, or send him an email.
Or visit a Murphy Home display home at Aura or Harmony