Building Interior And Floor Plans

The organization of interior spaces should support the passive design strategies and overall resource conservation. Floor plans should allow for the free flow of air through the unit by creating a line-of-sight connection between the windows expected to provide air input and exhaust. Open, flexible floor plans allow for the dwelling unit to accommodate many different types of tenants and be adaptable over time. The main principles of universal design should be incorporated, in that the design should (1) be useful to people with diverse abilities, (2) accommodate a wide range of preferences and abilities, (3) minimize hazards, and (4) provide appropriate size and space to reach and manipulate items in the home regardless of body size, posture, or mobility. Stacking plumbing, vents, and major structural elements reduces the use of building materials.

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