NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Stairwell Case Study

Elderly Friendly Environment for Staircase Design

PhD Student: Mona Afifi

Time Period: Jan. 2011 - March 2012

Summary: The impact of currently growing aging population demands special considerations in terms of architectural design. This research has contributed to elder friendly design through constructing a home architectural design assessment that reduces the risk of falling for older adults. This was accomplished using integrated evidence-based analysis that is incorporated into a simulation model as a tool to facilitate the home design optimization. The model has been successfully applied on residential staircases and has counted for a significant improvement in the probability of falling risk reduction for older adults.

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