The new definitive guide for adaptive home renovation in Canada
Approximately 90% of Canadians have said they want to live in their homes as long as they possibly can. 15.3 million Canadians, or almost 16% of the population, are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, independence, or quality of life, and it is estimated that by the year 2036, more than half of all Canadian households will be headed by people 55 years or older. There are many opportunities in the renovation industry: the Canadian Home Builders’ Association identified, through its own market analysis, that 80% of Canadian homes need to be modified in order for homeowners to age in place, and that the adaptive home sector is valued at approximately $77 billion dollars.
One of the current barriers for the aging-in-place home modification sector is the lack of training and information available to renovators and other trade professionals, including product manufacturers. As the demand increases, consumers will seek out qualified professionals to take on their home modification renovation or new build projects. Renovators who are educated in this sector and know which products to specify will have a better understanding of the needs of consumers, will be better prepared to market their services, and successfully handle all types of adaptiv home modifications.
Here is a brief overview of what’s in this manual:
Preview Table of Contents
- Client Communication, empathy and privacy considerations
- Professional partnerships
- Contract and Marketing
- Design solutions and accessibility approaches
- Building knowledge specific to living in place
- Air quality and lightening
- Home automation for living in place
- Fire safety
- Conditions and disease fact sheets
- Renovator checklist for adaptiv homes