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For Professionals

Background to Revisions

In 2008, the Government published 'Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods: A National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing society'. This set out the need to build more flexible and inclusive housing in order to meet the future requirements of our ageing population. To encourage the development of more Lifetime Homes the government incorporated the standard into the Code for sustainable Homes. Currently all housing built to level six of the code must comply with the Lifetime Homes Standard. Homes built to lower levels of the code can also obtain an additional four credits if they satisfy the Lifetime Homes criteria.

The revisions to the Lifetime Homes criteria

The revisions to the Lifetime Homes criteria have been introduced to achieve a higher level of practicability for volume developers in meeting the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The revisions are the result of work by the Lifetime Homes Technical Advisory Group representing a cross-section of practitioners involved in housing design, housing development, access consultancy and provision of adaptations.

These were as follows:

  • Roger Battersby - PRP Architects
  • Julia Park – Levitt Bernstein
  • Julie Fleck – Greater London Authority
  • Rachel Marshall – David Bonnett Associates
  • David Bonnett – David Bonnett Associates
  • Adam Thomas – Design Matters
  • Paul Jenkins – Taylor Wimpey
  • Chris Goodman - Habinteg 
  • Andrew Shipley – Habinteg
  • David Petherick - formerly principal architect, Buildings Division, Communities & Local Government department
  • Darryl Smith – Access Association
  • Rachel Smalley – Access Association
  • Graham Nickson – Town and Country Planning Association
  • Kate Sheehan – College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Housing
  • Justin Halewood – BRE (Observer)

We would like to give particular thanks to Levitt Bernstein and David Bonnett Associates for the additional time and effort they contributed in devising the bathroom lay-outs now contained in the revised Lifetime Homes Standard.

The Consultation

The proposed revisions were published for consultation in December 2009 and were available for public comment until March 2010. We received responses from a cross-section of interests including industry, professional bodies, disability organisations, public bodies and individuals.


The revised Lifetime Homes Standard was published on 5 July 2010.

See our Implementation page for guidance on implementing the revised Lifetime Homes Standard.