Posted on April 22, 2013 by Mike Means



The Oklahoma State Home Builders Association has scheduled a Universal Design/Build class May 2-3 at the OSHBA headquarters. We are offering it for Aging in Place specialists this year.

This is a two day course from 8:30-4:30 each day. Lunch is included and the instructor is Jack Werner, with A to Z Inspections, who is also president of the Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association (ORCIA). Registration Closes 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Click here for information or call (405)843-5579 with any questions.

Jack Werner 2012Jack Werner is the only CAPS instructor in Oklahoma and has taken a leadership role in promoting Aging in Place and teaching proponents all aspects of Aging in Place. As millions of Americans are living longer and have active lifestyles, they are also looking to revitalize their home environments. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) can help. Here is a link for CAPS designation holders in Oklahoma.

Rather than remodel or retrofit an existing unit, some want to start with a fresh approach. 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.

Werner, an active member of OSHBA, believes in the power of continuing education. He and Fred Ayers, the executive director of the ORCIA, provided three hours of continuing education for homebuilders and real estate agents recently at OSHBA headquarters.

Discussed were requirements and obligations home inspectors have to the purchaser and good communication with builders and/or homeowners. "Home inspectors should be writing up items that are not safe, are broken or are not working as intended," said Werner.



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