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Comparing European accessible housing standards – new short publication launched

The European Federation for Living (EFL) Accessible Housing topic group has published a leaflet that compares accessible housing standards in countries across Europe.

This publication, launched at the EFL Spring conference in Helsinki, provides an easy to use reference point for comparing accessibility regulations in Finland, Germany, France, the Netherlands and also the UK. It is clear to see where inclusive best practice is legislated for and where improvements can be made.

In addition to the comparison document, there is a brief summary of key accessible housing design features and more on the ageing population challenges facing European countries. By 2060 over half the European population will be over retirement age. This is a stark reminder of the challenge and puts the urgent demand for inclusive, accessible and easily adaptable housing solutions in real context.

The EFL’s Accessible Housing topic group, which includes Habinteg and Circle Housing from the UK, meets 3-4 times a year in order to identify solutions for how to deal with the increasingly insufficient housing stock for people all over Europe.

To see the Accessible Housing in Different European Countries comparison leaflet is available here:

http://www.habinteg.org.uk/efl-design-competition-2015-2016

The EFL accessible housing design competition jury report and book of designs from student architects was also launched at the Helsinki Conference in May 2016 and is available here:

http://www.habinteg.org.uk/news/fresh-ideas-for-accessible-housing-from-european-design-competition-winners-990