housing design

Housing supply and design

Housing supply

The NSW Government asked Landcom to enable or deliver 20,000 home sites in the four years to 31 March 2019. We achieved this target, delivering 20,009 sites over this period.

What is livable housing?

Livable housing refers to housing that adheres to set of universal design guidelines that apply to apartments and homes alike.

In 2009, Landcom developed universal housing guidelines, which were then used to develop the Livable Housing Guide  . The Livable Housing Guide is now in its fourth edition and is accepted as the industry standard across Australia.

We advocate for the ‘Silver performance level’ of housing design. These incorporates seven core design elements that focus on the key structural and spatial elements, which are critical to ensure future flexibility and adaptability of the home.

Incorporating these features help to avoid more costly home modifications, if required, at a later date.

The seven design elements include:

  • 1

    A safe continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and/or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level

  • 2

    At least one, level (step-free) entrance into the dwelling

  • 3

    Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces

  • 4

    A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access

  • 5

    A bathroom that contains a hobless shower recess

  • 6

    Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grab rails at a later date

  • 7

    Stairways that are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.

Our commitment

We’re committed to optimising housing in appropriate locations with design excellence to help meet overall supply needs. This includes 20% of medium to high density dwellings within all new projects achieving the Livable Housing Australia Silver Certification (or equivalent).