Enabling Built Environments Program

The EBEP is concerned with how the built environment at industrial to housing and town centre design levels impacts human function, quality of life and health/care costs for older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

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Enabling Built Environments Program

The Enabling Built Environments Program (EBEP) is an initiative of the Built Environment faculty at UNSW. EBEP’s research is concerned with how the built environment, from home to town centre design level, impacts human function, quality of life and health/care costs for older people, young people with disability, and carers. Funded projects range from the macro level e.g. the performance of town centres and housing supply, to the micro level e.g. temperature regulation valves, smoke detectors. EBEP currently comprises three research streams:

1. Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo)

2. Housing for an Older Australia

3. Liveable Neighbourhoods.

HMinfo receives recurrent funding from the Australian Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) Program and from the Ageing, Disability and Home Care agency of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS-ADHC) under their NSW Community Care Support Program (CCSP). Housing for an Older Australia and Liveable Neighbourhoods are funded by a range of government and non-government organisations including: the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI); the Australian Department of Social Services; the NSW Department of Family and Community Services; the Council of the Ageing NSW; the Australian Research Council (ARC); and industry partners such as Caroma-DORF. With the global advent of population ageing and the ongoing transition of young people with disability to living in the community, understanding the complex transactions between the built environment and humans has become an increasingly critical factor in creating and maintaining sustainable informal and self-care systems for all nations.

EBEP benefits from its contract and casual research staff having a diverse skill set that includes: Industrial Design, Occupational Therapy, Social Sciences, Social Policy, Planning and Architecture.

Our Liveable bathrooms research 2015 is now finished, however if you would like to participate in the future and help to make a difference to the future bathrooms for older people, please contact Kate Tong (ph: 0404531606 / 02 9385 9831 email: shuk.tong@unsw.edu.au ). To be eligible to participate you need to be 60 years old or over, male or female; live within 30km of UNSW and willing to spend 3-4 hours in our lab located at the UNSW campus in Kensington. In return we would provide light refreshments and free parking. Your participation to our project lab testing session will help us to gather information to guide the development of toilets and bathrooms that better support the needs of older people.

Page Last Updated: 15 Jul 2016