Architecture should recognize its responsibility as part of our environment. Every building and every space has an impact on the way we live. Each building should relate to the human scale and work with the other elements around it to create continuity and sense of place.
Universal design strives to be a broad-spectrum design solution which benefits people of all ages and abilities without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Further, it recognizes the importance of thoughtful design aesthetics. Our interest in universal design lies in seeking to create built environments which are more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra monetary or aesthetic cost.
The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s Fortified for Safer Living program raises a home's overall safety above the minimum requirements set forth in building codes. The program offers a package of affordable code-plus upgrades that greatly help reduce a home's exposure to disasters, including high wind, wildfires, floods, freezing weather, hail and earthquakes, as well as water damage.