How to Design & Build Robust Housing

Robust SDA Housing External

Prepared in conjunction with Anna Fleming from Purposed Housing Australia. Photography Bruce Bromley When planning Robust Category Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) suitable for participants who may require positive behaviour support, there are many designs and operational factors that must be closely considered. From selecting the site itself to planning the environment on both the inside and out, designing and developing a space that meets the needs of the individual is key. To do this, it’s important to create a dwelling that not only meets industry best practice standards but also suits each of the participant’s needs, including any highlighted in....

Fire Safety for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Fire safety Specialist Disability Accommodation

There will be fatalities! It’s not if, but when! Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) first rolled out in 2013 and is aimed at designing houses for persons with ‘Extreme Functional Impairment or Very High Support Needs’. These are identified under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (SDA) Rules 2016 as an impairment resulting in an extremely reduced functional capacity to undertake in one or more activities of mobility, self-care or self-management and has a very high need for person to person support. The result is that particular attention will need to be paid to design suitability for occupants of these dwellings in....

SDA Housing Density Requirements and Calculations

An often overlooked section of the "National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2020" is density.  Unfortunately, this has not been made clear in most documentation produced. Anyone looking to create SDA within a single parcel of land must familiarise themselves with these requirements.   National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2020 Subdivision C—Density restriction 31  Density restriction (1)  The density restriction applies in relation to a parcel of land if: (a)  the parcel of land has 2 or more dwellings; and (b)  at least one of those dwellings is either: (i)  a new build; or (ii) ....

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