Homes designed for a lifetime
Smart Livable Homes & Shared Solutions America
(Founded: 2000): We are a national non-profit organization and Research Center providing education, training, and consulting, related to applying Universal, Accessible, and Adaptive Design, incorporating energy-efficient and sustainable materials, products and technologies in both new and existing living environments.
We also test, evaluate and specify new innovative materials and products. Our mission is to help people of all ages...especially those with physical and/or cognitive challenges, achieve and maintain daily living independence and safety at home, work, and play.
"Smart Livable Homes Design" is unique, in that it takes design/build technology to the next level by combining "Universal Design" with "Accessible and Adaptive Design", and also adding innovative design/build technologies. We incorporate the latest advances in unique sustainable materials, products, and energy-efficient building technologies, that result in substantially reduced upkeep, maintenance, and ongoing utility costs.
What we all want most in life is the ability to achieve and maintain our individual independence, especially when performing daily living tasks and activities in our homes. New homes can be built, and existing homes modified, in ways that will help people achieve this goal.
Often, simple living environment changes can make homes more user-friendly and prevent about one-third of all home accidents. These changes provide a more comfortable, functional, efficient, and safe living environment for ALL family members, increasing their ability to remain independent throughout the years.
Definition: "Universal Design or Aging-in-Place Design is the process of designing products, living, working and playing environments, that are usable, to the greatest extent possible, by most everyone regardless of their age, size, or level of abilities, at all stages of life." It helps people maximize their ability to better perform daily living tasks and activities, while maintaining a high degree of independence and safety.
Definition: Accessible Design includes the above, but goes an important step further. It includes accessible and adaptive features, products, and technologies, that help people with specific physical and/or developmental disabilities better deal with their daily living challenges. It shows how assistive and adaptive technologies can help people who have difficulty walking, bending, getting up and sitting down, climbing up and down stairs, lifting, reaching, grasping, seeing, hearing, and cognition.
Accessible Design also includes education, training, experience, and expertise in understanding the nature of specific disabilities and how each affects ones ability to move around and function well. It includes training in the use of manual and power mobility devices, including lift-and-transfer, stair-lifts, and adaptive equipment, etc.
Definition: Smart Livable Homes Design includes both of the aforementioned...and goes a great deal further. It applies "Evidence Based Design", which brings forth a whole new dimension to living environment design, new construction and renovation.
Smart Livable Homes Design successfully applies proven, advanced building sciences technologies utilizing innovative materials, products, and methods that work. It includes energy-efficiency, lighting science, and indoor air quality technologies, and much more.
The following video is a walk-through of a "Generations Home", designed and developed by Laurence Weinstein. (Click on the video to begin playing)
To educate architects, designers, builders, remodelers, contractors, health care professionals, students, and consumers, how to build new, and modify existing living environments, incorporating Smart Livable Homes features, design, details, and technologies.
About the Founder, Laurence "Larry" Weinstein
Educated at Pratt Institute: Architectural and Product Design, and also a Korean veteran, Larry's former career was as the founder and CEO of a successful commercial and residential Design/Build firm for four decades, with offices in three major cities.
Larry's numerous design/build projects consisted of a great amount of new and renovated office, commercial, hospitality, retail, industrial, hospital, and medical facilities, plus many types of single and multi-family living environment projects. A good number of his projects focused on designing and building living and working environments for older adults, and people of all ages with disabilities.
Mr. Weinstein has since dedicated his life's mission to effect the greatest impact in peoples lives through universal, accessible and adaptive design. Larry was the AARP National Events & Expos - "Livable Housing Consultant" for a decade. He now works with many local and national organizations, and continues to be involved with AARP. He actively presents lectures at numerous events, seminars, conferences and workshops, and has been a presenter in conjunction with AIA, California Abilities Expo Events, plus other national, regional, and local events. Mr. Weinstein has written, and continues to write, numerous articles that appear in national and local magazines, and other publications, covering new and innovative living environments, including new and innovative materials, products, and technologies that help people achieve and maintain enjoyable and safe maximum independent living.