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Meeting the Challenge of Building Communities for All Ages

Master Builders today launched a joint initiative with the Federal Minister for Ageing, Senator the Hon Santo Santoro, to encourage more builders and designers to deliver high quality, practical and liveable family homes that are adaptable to the changing lifestyles and needs of older Australians. Master Builders Australia Chief Executive, Wilhelm Harnisch said, “The Australian population is maturing and is bringing with it new challenges to the building and construction industry to design, construct and refurbish the family home that better suits older Australians so that they can live independently for a longer period of time and not have to move to residential aged care facilities.” “The need to provide more age-friendly designs and building options for older Australians is becoming increasingly urgent and cannot be met by simply following standard design practices of the past.” Master Builders Australia in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing launched the 2006 Master Builders Australia National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award which will be presented at the Master Builders Building Excellence Awards dinner on 10 November 2006 at Parliament House, Canberra. Mr Harnisch said, “The Awards recognise the growing awareness and acceptance of residential dwellings that provide a range of lifestyle options for older Australians. There will be two Award categories: purpose-built owner-occupied dwellings including townhouses and apartments, and the other covering existing owner-occupied homes which have been purposely extended or modified.” “Master Builders is taking a leadership role in working with governments in developing voluntary nationally consistent standards for adaptable homes.” “Federal and State Governments are moving to identify exactly what standards should be included but it is important that these standards should be voluntary and the result of broad consultations with older people in the community.” “From a building industry perspective the development of voluntary performance measures for adaptable age-friendly homes will better deliver designs to suit the needs of individual households.” “Master Builders invites builders, designers and the community to nominate their project for the 2006 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award.” Master Builders Association of Australia<-i>
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