I want to build SDA – Do I need LHA or SDA Standards?

SDA Specialist Disability Accommodation Construction

The NDIA began accepting SDA or Specialist Disability Accommodation stock enrolments designed under the new SDA Design Standard in April last year. Since then, there has been some confusion amongst developers around which requirements currently apply; LHA (Livable Housing Australia) or SDA. To provide clarification, here are a few key dates to keep in mind:* BCA Class 1a, 1b, 2 & 3 SDA Until 1 July 2021, all SDA Design categories' current minimum requirements are based on the 'Silver' or 'Platinum' level housing designs set out in the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines (fourth edition) Australia. These minimum requirements are outlined....

SDA Design Standard 12 Months On

Welcome to our first in a series of short informational videos on Specialist Disability Accommodation. In this video, we share our learnings from the first year since the release of the new SDA Design Standard that I was co-author of. Already we are starting to see wrong with SDA. In this presentation, I will review some of the issues but more importantly identify areas where improvements can be made. Additionally, I will look at the opportunities available for developers and providers who choose to exceed the minimum standards   View the Video  .

Alarm Notifications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Deafgard Emergency ALarm for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Being woken from your sleep by a smoke alarm or similar is not something most of us think about. But what if you are deaf or hard of hearing and cannot hear emergency alarms in an emergency? Deafgard is an alarm that you can see but more importantly feel when you are asleep as it has an intense vibrating pad that is placed under the pillow that will wake the heaviest of sleepers. There are fire alarms you hear and those that you feel. Deafgard has been specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing in fire and emergency....