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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 (www.greencommunitiesonline.org). 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) http://www.shop4handles.co.uk • 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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