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The Country’s Most Accessible Home

GBCI: 0090010412

A tour and lessons learned from the Universal Design Living Laboratory, a model of excellence for universal design.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)


Rosemarie Rossetti, co-owner and general contractor of the Universal Design Living Laboratory will review what works and where the challenges are in her national demonstration home. Participants will identify smart design solutions that provide independence for home buyers with multiple needs and abilities, pinpoint design problems that negatively affect daily living, and gain real-life understanding of universal design, accessible design, adaptable design, aging in place, and visibility. Essential components for kitchens, baths, wardrobe/laundry, and entrances will be illustrated through real working examples, as well as building techniques and products that are essential for any livable home.

Join Rossetti for an in depth tour of this home. Learn what features and products captured the most interest from those who toured this home, as well as those that are providing the most independence, convenience, safety and accessibility. Discover the fine points in design that make this home stand out as a model of excellence.


  1. Incorporate universal design features into residential housing.
  2. Recognize universal design features in the kitchen, bath wardrobe/laundry, and entrance that provide for accessibility, independence, safety and comfort.
  3. Recognize problems in existing homes that limits accessibility and provide solutions to improve accessibility.
  4. Understand how the ZeroStep Certification program can help with Aging in Place, ADA, UD and assistive technology in design, construction and verification.
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Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Grand Rapids, MI
United States


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Brett Little

Executive Director
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3 commentsLeave a comment

With all respect for "social sustainability" I cannot understand how Usgbc can promote sustainability using the example of a 3500 sqaure foot home that houses two people, when the first rule of sustainablility as is often quoted, even by the LEED standard, to be that of Reduction! Reduction in materials, reduction of energy consumption, reduction of waste etc etc. I was quite disappointed by this presentation.

Energy Engineer, EnergyLogic, Inc.

This webinar gave me a whole new perspective to home design is a must see for all home designers.

GWS - Facilities Project Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.

This was a great walk-through. I felt like I was actually walking through the house with a very proud (and involved), homeowner. I would have liked to see maybe a breakout session with the corresponding construction manager to discuss the associated construction challenges on the same house. That would be a way to punch this very great start up a bit and make it more useful as a learning tool for Constructors.

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