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The guidance describes the space requirements for each functional area of the home, for example living, sleeping, storage etc. The detailed design of each of these spaces can be resolved within the relevant room, however, the design should be considered in relation to the whole house
Best practice design should provide for homes which are flexible and adaptable over time. Therefore where relevant, this section also incorporates Universal Design principles. Universal Design refers to designs and spaces which are accessible to all.
In particular this guidance references the New Zealand Lifemark Standards which have been created to achieve adaptable, accessible design solutions.
For further detailed information refer to the Lifemark website, www.lifemark.co.nz
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.