Course Description

Universal Design Standards ensure homes are accessible to everyone, and is becoming an increasingly important consideration for futureproofing homes. Whether planning for aging-in-place, multi-generational households, or even in the event of unexpected life challenges, when designers and builders take the pro-active steps of incorporating universal design standards early in the building process, they are ensuring current and future homeowners are well-equipped to adapt their home to meet their changing needs.

In this course, Colin Doylend Executive Director of SAFERhome Standards Society, will be sharing details about the SAFERhome Universal Design Standards -- 15 trademarked standards that can easily be incorporated into any new construction or renovation project at the framing stage, which is covered in their Residential Builders Course. He will also discuss the changing demographics and how it is impacting housing requirements, and how these standards invisibly create a home that is ready to adapt to the changing needs of the family, and increases the physical safety of everyone in the home, allowing all people to live more comfortably and easily in their own homes and communities for as long as they choose regardless of their age, size, ability, or mobility. SAFERhome Standards were created by the trades, for the trades, and are the only universal building standard in the world that is measurable and recognized by a provincial government. All 15 SAFERhome Standards are within the existing National and Provincial Building Codes and are included in the BC Housing Design Guidelines and Construction Standards.


  • Why SAFERhome Standards?
  • SAFERhome Standards are Universal Design
  • Building and Design – SAFERhome Standards “How To” Details

Approved for 1.5 CPDs in Construction Technology
Note: If you have already taken this course, repeating it online will not qualify for additional CPD points.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: FortisBC
Patron Sponsor: BC Housing 

Colin Doylend, SAFERhome Standards Society

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Before You Get Started

    • Agreement to HAVAN Academic Integrity Policy

    • Part 1

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • Part 2

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Part 3

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Part 4

    • Declaration of Completed Work Assignment