Livable Housing

Livable Housing

Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote the benefits of Livable housing design to the residential design and construction industry. LHA is a partnership between industry, community and consumer groups and governments. A Home designed under the Livable Housing Guidelines incorporates key features that aim to make a dwelling easier and safer to live in for all occupants including people with disability, ageing population, people with temporary injuries and families with young children.

The Livable Housing Guidelines describe 15 living design elements. The performance levels can be applied to all newly built and renovated detached and semi-detached houses, terraces and townhouses and apartment dwellings.

The Livable Housing Design Quality Mark is issued subject to accreditation of your building project by LHA. Your project can be certified by LHA to Silver, Gold or Platinum Status. Assessment can be done at the design and as-built stages of the development. Most NDIS Specialist Disability Accomodations require compliance with either Silver or Platinum level of LHA guidelines.

Farah Madon and Vanessa Griffin are both Licensed Livable Housing Design Assessors.

The Fourth version of the Livable Housing Guidelines was realeased on the 1st of July 2017.

Click here to download a free copy of the guidelines document.




Livable Housing Projects

Our team has extensive experience with desktop assessments of design as well as as-built assessments for compliance with LHA’s Silver, Gold and Platinum level.

Our Clients specifically for LHA Assessments include, Stockland, Eden Brae Homes, Achieve Australia and Urban Growth NSW (NSW Government) to name a few.

Our current and on-going projects dealing with LHA / NDIS SDA are listed below

  • 78 (5 to 10 bedroom group homes) in the Hunter region for Government department of Family and Community Services and BlueCHP. These involve Platinum level assessments as well as verification of NDIS SDA to High Physical Level Category and is an on-going project.
  • Design and as-built certification of new 13 group homes to LHA Platinum level for Urban growth NSW, Inala and Sunnyville in Sydney and Northern Sydney region. This is an on-going project with 9 of the 13 group homes already constructed with Platinum level certification achieved.
  • As-built certification of existing 8 group homes to LHA Silver level for Government department of Family and Community Services in Penrith region.
  • Design certification of 38 Silver level homes for Stockland at their Elara Estate Development at Marsden Park.
  • 22 Platinum desktop design assessments for units for Achieve Australia in the Crowle Estate development. We provided extensive design input in these designs to ensure that certification was achievable. These were the first Platinum level apartments to be designed for a multi-storey residential development.