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Universal Design Essentials

This course parallels the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses: Marketing and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client (CAPS I); Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS II); and Details and Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS III), by shifting the focus from custom accessibility-related modifications to successful integration of Universal Design as part of far more single family residential construction projects (new construction as well as remodeling, affordable to luxury). The concepts discussed in this course will enable industry professionals to produce marketable projects that support the changing needs of clients over their lifetime. The audience for this course includes Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) graduates, home building industry professionals, health care professionals and the home buying consumer. While it is a novice level course and welcomes participants with little or no prior knowledge of the subject matter, having taken the CAPS courses will help participants understand the differences between “universal” and “accessible.”

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of integrating Universal Design (UD) concepts in residential construction
  • Describe the broad beneficiary groups of homes with universal features
  • Distinguish between accessibility solutions/products and UD solutions
  • Describe ways that functional design can also be attractive
  • Identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budget levels and changing needs of clients
  • Use effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process
  • Locate resources, materials and services

This course qualifies for:

  • 6 CE for all NAHB Designations except HCCP

Event Information

When: 12/2/2024 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Where: Glenridge, NJ Virtual Classroom-Stocks
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Contact: Gail Stocks, OTR
Gail Stocks
125 Glenridge Avenue
PO Box 1248
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-500-8751
E-Mail Address:
NAHB Member Fee: $260
Non-member Fee: $310

Sponsoring HBA: Gail Stocks
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Special Instructions: Discounted rate of $730 for NAHB members and $880 for nonmembers who register for CAPS 1,2,3 at the same time •  Discounted rate of $940 for NAHB members/ $1090 for nonmembers who register for all 4 courses at the same time.  


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