Assessing Lifetime Homes Standards and Part M Building Regulations for Housing Design in the UK

Cliona Rooney*, Karim Hadjri, Cathy Craig

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The aims of this article are to examine Lifetime Home Standards (LTHS) and Part M of the UK Building Regulations and to discuss how relevant and successful they are. The UK government expects all new homes to be built to LTHS by 2013. This is increasingly important with an ageing population. The home environment can enable independence and provide a therapeutic place for everyone. As Part M of the building regulations are compulsory in all housing and LTHS are mandatory for public sector housing, a review of research articles was undertaken on these standards. The paper begins with a brief background on accessibility regulations, followed by a critical review of the standards that takes the body of literature that has been written around them into account. This review suggests that the standards should be improved and that designers and architects face challenges to creatively incorporate them into housing design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-50
JournalDesign Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Lifetime Homes
  • building regulations
  • ageing in place

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