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									    Summary of the AWARE Manual For Sustainable Accessible Living

                               Franklin County and the City of Columbus are        The AWARE Manual was designed to achieve
                               adopting the AWARE Green/Universal Design           Enterprise Green Communities Standards
                               Manual as the performance standard for the          (
                               construction and renovation of federally-funded
                               residential projects. AWARE stands for:             The AWARE Manual will provide new and existing
                                                                                   housing stock to residents of Franklin County and
                                    Accessible                                     Columbus that is healthier, more accessible, resource
                                    Water Conservation                             conscious, and environmentally friendly. The City
                                    Air Quality                                    and County are committed to promoting AWARE
                                    Resource Conscious                             green and universal design standards of construction
                                    Energy Efficient                               throughout Franklin County and Columbus.

The AWARE Manual promotes:
Universal Design                              •   Wider stairways (for future               Environmentally-Friendly Homes
Accessibility Standards                           installation of a stair lift)
                                                                                            • Recycling construction waste
                                              •   1st floor bath and bedroom
At least 20% of all Federally Funded                                                        • Using recycled materials/products
                                                  (making home accessible to all)
Projects are to meet all Universal Design
                                              •   Providing floor space and fixtures to     • Using a detailed framing plan to
Accessibility Standards.
                                                  accommodate wheelchair access in            reduce material waste wood without
• 1 to 5 houses = 1 house                                                                     compromising structural integrity
                                                  bathrooms and kitchens
• 6 to 10 houses = 2 houses                                                                 • Creating a framing order waste factor
                                              •   1st floor laundry (accessible to all)
• 11 to 15 houses = 3 houses                                                                  limit holding the waste material to
                                              •   Lever handle faucets (easy operation        10% or less
                                                  for all)
Healthier Homes                                                                             • Using pre-cut or pre-assembled
                                              •   Lever handle door locks/latches (easy       building systems or methods
• Testing and mitigating radon gas,               operation for all)
                                                                                            • Use materials from renewable
  if necessary, (a main cause of lung         •   Wood blocking in the walls (for             resources or agricultural byproducts
  cancer)                                         future installation of grab bars)
• Active/forced or passive air systems        •   Positioning the height of wall outlets,
  to bring fresh air into the home                switches, thermostats, door locksets
                                                  and cabinet handles (accessible to all)

• Ventilation to remove moisture,
  which causes mold and mildew
• Integrated pest control using               Resource and Energy
  non-chemical methods                        Conscious Homes
• Low/No VOC products:                        • 90% + gas forced air furnaces
  - Paints                                    • Water-saving plumbing fixtures
  - Adhesives
                                                - commodes
  - Carpet
                                                - faucets
  - Floor tiles and sheet goods
                                                - shower heads
  - Bathroom and kitchen cabinets
                                              • Better house insulation
                                                                                            Low-flow faucets conserve water and lever handles
More Accessible Homes                         • Using Energy Star-Rated:                    make opening doors easier for all.
                                                - Windows and doors
•    No-step entry (making it wheelchair
                                                                                                                                                Franklin County

                                                - Appliances
     accessible)                                - Light fixtures
•    Wider doorways and halls (making           - Fans
     them wheelchair accessible)                - Hot water heaters

                                                    City of Columbus

                                                                          AWARE             Easy-to-reach cabinets and counter positioning
                                                                                            make kitchens more accessible.

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