January 23, 2018

NAHB’s course: Universal Design/Build


This blog is an announcement and the body of text that follows is copied from NAHB’s website:


This two-day course focuses on integrated home design features and product specifications that account for client differences due to circumstance, physical characteristics, health issues and aging. Universal Design/Build expands on the previous CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) courses by changing the focus from specific modifications to meet the needs of one person to the successful integration of Universal Design (UD) into all residential construction projects. The course curriculum aims to improve the skills in many professions, including building, design and social and health services. The creative design concepts and practices presented in this course will enable industry professionals to produce marketable projects that support the changing needs of clients over their lifetimes. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

• Describe the significance of integrating UD concepts in residential construction

• Distinguish between accessibility solutions and UD solutions

• Describe ways that design can be both functional and attractive

• Identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budgets and changing needs of clients

• Use effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process

• Locate resources, products, materials and services While CAPS I and CAPS II are not prerequisites for this course, it is helpful if students have taken the courses sequentially. The Universal Design/Build course counts as 12 CE hours for the following designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, and Master CGP. It also counts as 6 CE hours for the CMP, CSP, Master CSP, and MIRM designations.

Continuing Education Hours: 12.0

Designations: CGA

Continuing Education Credits: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM

Browse a list of current course offerings for this course.

For more information about this item, please contact NAHB Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154 or via email at designations@nahb.org.