Building Smart: Designing Age-Friendly Homes
By 2031, it’s estimated that close to 1.5 million British Columbians across the province will be over the age of 65. This is roughly one in four of the total population.
As our population ages, demand for housing options that are more comfortable and accessible for older adults and support people aging at home will increase.
This Building Smart webinar will:
- Outline the business case for designing age-friendly homes
- Provide practical advice on how to design living spaces and select fixtures and appliances that are more accessible and comfortable for seniors aging at home
- Describe the newer accessibility requirements for multi-unit residential buildings from the 2018 BC Building Code and the BCBC’s adaptable housing guidelines
- Outline the City of Vancouver’s adaptable housing standards
- Share leading practices around visitable, adaptable and accessible housing.
Kristin Agnello, RPP, MCIP is a scholar-practitioner with a background in urban planning, architecture, urban design, and international development, Kristin’s work explores the relationships between equity, design, and social policy. In 2017, with the support of BC Housing’s Building Excellence Research and Education Grants Program, Kristin authored a book on age-friendly building and community design entitled Zero to One Hundred: Planning for an Aging Population. This research was awarded a Gold Award for research by the Planning Institute of British Columbia, an Award of Merit from the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a Plan Canada Honourable Mention Award.
Dr. Alfiya Battalova earned her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois in Chicago and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine. Since moving to Vancouver in 2013, she has worked for the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI-BC). Alfiya currently works as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC where her research focuses on projects that improve mobility and participation of people with disabilities in our communities. Her research emphasizes the value of lived experiences of people with disabilities.
Kevin Lau, Building Policy Engineer, City of Vancouver
Kevin is a Building Policy Engineer with the City of Vancouver where he plays a key role in developing building policy and regulations, and reviewing alternative solution applications. Prior to joining the City in 2014, Kevin worked as code consultant and fire protection engineer assisting designers and other professionals in developing Code compliant solutions that do not compromise their architectural vision. He has also worked as an Independent Professional for several first nations, universities, and airport authorities where he provided detail review and oversight of major projects.
 Government of British Columbia. “Age-friendly communities.” Accessed October 29th, 2019. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/about-seniorsbc/seniors-related-initiatives/age-friendly-bc/age-friendly-communities
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