Universal Design/Build

 Universal Design/Build presents a shift in the approach to residential design and construction. Comfort and convenience regardless of age, stature or ability is the hallmark of inclusive design. Designers suppliers, builders, remodelers, social and health service providers will benefit from the creative design concepts and practices presented to develop market-driven projects that have broad aesthetic appeal as well as the necessary functional attributes. Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses are not a pre-requisite and CAPS will find benefit by expanding into the broader spectrum of universal design that offers a much wider target audience.

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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 

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Builders, remodelers, interior designers, architects, kitchen/bath designers, developers, civil engineers
  • Health care professionals including occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, discharge planners, nurses, case managers, rehabilitation engineers
  • Public and private agency staff including housing finance agencies, community development agencies, CHODOs- community housing development organizations
  • Product manufacturers and suppliers, consultants, planners, real estate professionals, appraisers, home inspectors, bankers, electronic systems contractors

NAHB Designations

This course is required for the following NAHB designations: CGB, GMB, GMR

This course provides 12 hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations: 
CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM.

Additional Credit Information 

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If you’d like to see this course offered locally, contact your home builders association.


12 AIA/CES LU: NAHB is a Registered Provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this course will be reported to CES Records for AIA members by NAHB. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.


12 AIBD CEU. All face-to-face and online education provided by NAHB is approved by the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) for continuing education units. Members of the Institute seeking credit must self-report by submitting a form and providing verification of attendance or completion. Credit is awarded as 1.0 CE unit per contact hour. 

1.2 AOTA CEU  NAHB is a Registered Provider with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. Licensees that want to offer these credits must inform NAHB at the same time the course is scheduled. 

IDCEC LogoThe National Association of Home Builders is a Provider for the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) and the Universal Design/Build course is approved for 1.2 CEU for IDCEC and for members of the  American Society of Interior Designers and International Interior Design Association.


1.2 CEU for IDCEC, IIDA, IDC & ASID

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