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Universal Design in the context of architecture, space and design refers to buildings, homes and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities and people with disabilities.
This section of the guidance references some of the New Zealand Lifemark® Standards, which have been created to achieve adaptable, accessible design solutions based on the Lifetime Home Design principles of usability, adaptability, accessibility, safety and lifetime value. The standards shown below should achieve a basic level of universal design and are based on the wider standards and certification process developed by Lifemark. Where a Lifemark star rating is required, such as a minimum 3 star rating, then your plans must be independently reviewed and certified by Lifemark. Please refer to the Lifemark website for more information.
The manual provides professional advice, step-by-step best practice processes and detailed design guidance.
The manual will enable us all to make informed choice and build homes, and create new streets and neighbourhoods
that not only look great but are built to last, sustainable and give best return on investment.
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The Auckland Design Manual provides supplementary guidance to the Unitary Plan on design matters,
which will be updated by the Council from time to time. The Manual is not part of the Unitary Plan
and the Unitary Plan doesn’t incorporate the Manual by reference in the terms of the provisions of
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991. While the Manual sits outside the Unitary Plan,
advice notes are occasionally included in the text of the Unitary Plan
to alert the reader to the existence of relevant guidance in the Unitary Plan.