Design Key Subjects

Accessible Design

This section enables you to access essential resources about lifetime homes and accessibility and adaptability - as well as practical case studies on accessible housing design.

Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

This ‘go to’ section includes all the influential HAPPI reports, a selection of case studies and showcases other award winning developments inspired by the HAPPI design principles.

Designing Extra Care Housing

This section covers everything you need to know about designing extra care housing including Commissioning Extra Care or Funding extra care housing

Age-friendly communities and lifetime neighbourhoods

This section includes a range of key resources to help you learn more about the design and development of age-friendly communities, cities and neighbourhoods.

Eco/Sustainable Design

This section has a range of resources about eco-friendly developments and sustainable housing design that can improve the quality of life of older people.

Planning and design

This section has resources that will help you understand the implications of national and local planning policy. For more on planning homes and communities for older people, click on our Planning Portal.

Inclusive Design

This section contains a selection of resources and other useful information to improve your understanding of universal and inclusive design and development in the built environment.

Occupational Therapists and Housing Design

These pages provide a range of learning and improvement services that show how occupational therapists can contribute to support commissioners, developers and providers create more inclusive environments for an ageing population.

Key Resources

Design Principles for Extra Care Housing

This Housing LIN Factsheet no 6 describes key design aims and principles and issues to consider when developing a brief for a new Extra Care scheme.

Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas (HAPPI 3) - Making retirement living a positive choice

"Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas" (HAPPI3), written by Jeremy Porteus, Director of the Housing LIN, calls for a significant change in the focus of Government policy away from solely concentrating on first time buyers, towards those in later life.

The Hidden Housing Market: A new perspective on the market case for accessible homes

New research report by Habinteg and Papworth Trust highlights the hidden housing market for 1.8m disabled people. Its findings clearly show the demand for accessible housing to rent and buy.

Active Ageing and the Built Environment

This Housing LIN Practice Briefing looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built environment that can promote and sustain it, with examples of good and emerging practice and resources for further information.

Designing with Downsizers: The next generation of 'downsizer homes' for an active third age

This report from The University of Sheffield DWELL Project (Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life) captures some of the findings from a three year research project co-produced with older residents in Sheffield. 

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