Links

Links to some resources that I’ve found extremely useful:

Disability and the Build Environment Inquiry Report – Inquiry by the Government’s Women & Equality Committee, which covers two of my two main themes – houses & toilets! (I even get a little quote in both those sections!)

Disabled Facilities Grant – Government website outlining the grant and eligibility

Planning Portal – This is the government resource for planning and building regulations for national policy in England and Wales.  Each local authority also have their own more detailed local policy on top of this.

Lifetime Homes – Design standards for new housing which many LAs have as a planning requirement.  I would love to see this as a consistent legislation for ALL new housing (private and public) nationally.

Access to and use of buildings: Approved Document M – Building Regulations documents (for England) which cover accessibility. This link allows you to view pdf versions of both volumes of Part M, covering dwellings (volume 1) and non-domestic buildings (volume 2).

Wheelchair Accessible Housing – A best practice design guide produced by the Mayor of London’s office (2007)

GreenSpec – GreenSpec provides a large database of green building products and advice on green building

Royal Institute of British Architects – The RIBA is the professional body for Architects (not all architects are members of the RIBA, but many are so their database is a good starting point for finding an architect in your area with the right experience), or in Scotland the RIAS