Lifetime Homes Standard - A summary of the Standard and comparison with Part M (Version 1)

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Although energy efficiency has dominated the headlines in recent years, the issue of accessible and inclusive design is arguably set to make a bigger impact on dwelling design in the coming years.

The Lifetime Homes (LTH) Standard is based on 16 design criteria. These relate to either accessibility or enabling adaptability so that the dwelling can be best suited to household needs if a member of the household experiences reduced mobility. A common theme running through most of the 16 requirements is the better use of / increased need for space in order to increase accessibility standards. Space of course costs money and so good layout design will be even more crucial than it has been.

This Construction Briefing gives readers a complete summary of the Lifetime Homes Standard as well as a comparison with Part M and an explanation of how the new Standard would impact the housing industry.


  • Background
  • Development of the LTH standard
  • Relationship to UK building regulations
    • Scotland
    • England & Wales and N. Ireland
  • Procedure
  • The criteria
    • Lifetime Homes Criteria and comparison with Part M
    • Specification and dimensions which meet the LTH standard for criterion 6

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