The changes made here are often chased into the B.C. Building Code and Canada’s National Building Code, and then put into practice in cities and towns across Canada... And as go the codes, so too goes the construction industry.
Vancouver’s efforts to spare the wrists of the elderly and dexterity-impaired is the latest signal that the port city takes its demographics seriously -- and that a huge opportunity looms for the home improvement biz. In recent years, psychologists, sociologists, urban planners, and companies have increasingly focused on tailoring designs to suit seniors better.
- Pulte Homes offers dishwasher models installed 6 inches higher and microwaves installed lower than the usual.
- There's been a spike in demand for Lennar Land & Homebuilding's NextGen models, which offer “a home within a home” -- private living quarters that come with a door to the outside.
- Even plain white china is getting a makeover: stripes and patterns and make them easier to see for the visually impaired.
- And you may have already noticed cut curbs on nearly every corner that help elderly people, wheelchair users, and moms pushing strollers move on and off sidewalks.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com