Universal Design Essentials


Registration closes on the Friday before the scheduled date. Students can contact me with questions and can be wait listed or register for a later date.


SKU: UDE-001 Category: Tag:


The Universal Design Essentials 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 the The Universal Design Essentials 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

Additional information


NAHB member – $250, non-member – $300