An adaptable housing unit is a residential unit that is designed in such a way that it can be modified easily when required in the future to become accessible to the resident with disabilities without requiring costly and intensive alterations.
Most NSW based Council DCPs (Development Control Plans) require a percentage of the residential units in the development to be provided as Adaptable units designed as per the requirements of AS4299- Adaptable Housing. The DCP will also state the level of Adaptability required, ie Class A, B or C, with C being the most basic level.
Some suggestions for compliance with the requirements of Adaptable housing are listed below:
1. Main entry doorway, the door to the adaptable bedroom and the door to the adaptable bathroom to provide for 850mm clear openings with circulation spaces as per AS1428.1-2009
2. Any one Bedroom to have circulation spaces around a Queen size bed as per examples below
3. Laundry to have a space of 1550mm in front of appliances.
4. Kitchen to be able to provide for 1550mm between benchtops at post adaptation.
5. Any one bathroom to have circulations spaces as per examples below. The blue lines indicate wall reinforcements.
AS4299 provides for 3 Classes of Adaptability. Vista Access Architects are qualified to certify developments to all 3 Levels of Adaptability:
Class A - Adaptable housing, where all essential and desirable features of Appendix A of AS4299 are incorporated.
Class B - Adaptable housing, where all essential and minimum 50% of desirable features of Appendix A of AS4299 are incorporated.
Class C - Adaptable housing where all essential features Appendix A of AS4299 are incorporated.