Bite-Size Session: National Standards for Housing – an up-to-date review - Manchester

This popular topic from trainer Karen Ross of jhai ltd is the second in a series of Bite Size sessions in Manchester hosted by Sheppard Robson architects.

Our population requires that new homes should meet future needs, with ever increasing numbers of older people living with both physical and mental impairments or long term health conditions giving rise to demand for flexible and accessible housing.  

The Housing Standards review consultation by DCLG aimed to rationalise the framework of building regulations and local housing standards and considered developing a set of ‘nationally described standards’; or integrating the proposed standards into the building regulations.

The consultation welcomed views on a number of strategic options including:

  • Developing a nationally described set of standards in addition to the building regulations.
  • Develop nationally described standards as a stepping stone en route to integrating standards into building regulations at a future date.
  • Integrate standards immediately into building regulations with no technical standards remaining outside of the building regulations system.

Karen Ross, a qualified and experienced Inclusive Design consultant for jhai ltd, Access Auditor and trainer and a member of the National Register of Access Consultants will explore the outcomes of the consultation and the implemented standards with regard to accessibility.  

She will also review the impact of the new standards on the requirements of the population for flexible housing as well as the additional requirements for wheelchair users and whether these needs have been affected by the outcome of the review and new ‘optional’ regulations. 

In particular the following topics will be examined:

  • Will wheelchair housing needs be met if local authorities can ‘opt out’?
  • How are the new standards being regulated and enforced?
  • What are the longer term cost benefits of flexible and accessible housing as opposed to the short term costs savings outlined in the review and consultation?
  • What about the needs of people with cognitive impairments, e.g. dementia? As people are living longer and wanting to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

About the speaker

Karen Ross is a qualified and experienced Inclusive Design consultant, Access Auditor and trainer and a member of the National Register of Access Consultants, the Centre for Accessible Environments and Access Association (Eastern Region).

She has over 20 years experience in the access and disability field and worked for a number of years for Northampton Borough Council as the lead officer on all matters relating to disability equality and disabled access. 

Karen has been running her own private Inclusive Design Consultancy since 2003 and has been Inclusive Design Consultant at jhai ltd (Building Control Services) since 2007 and is now their head of Inclusive Design.  In 2013 Karen joined the Planning Policy Team of the London Borough of Islington as part time Inclusive Design Officer.

What did delegates say about previous sessions?

"The micro session idea is brilliant as full days can be very, very difficult"
"Excellent coverage for both established Green Register members and novices"
"Informed recommendations and some myths debunked"
"The practical detail and demonstration was most useful, and very clear"
"Lots of stuff I didn’t know! Enjoyed the interactive format"

More about Bite Size sessions

The Green Register's Bite Size sessions offer a flexible route to Green Register membership through a series of shorter training sessions designed to give concise training at a time to suit busy working professionals. Attend 6 sessions to qualify for membership.

All sessions start at 17.45 for registration with training running 18.00 - 20.00.

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May 25th, 2017 5:45 PM   to   8:00 PM
Sheppard Robson
City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza,
Manchester, M1 4BT
United Kingdom

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Members £ 19.00
Non-Members £ 35.00

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