Nova Scotia reveals new modular dwelling designs for folks with disabilities – Halifax

Nova Scotia reveals new modular dwelling designs for folks with disabilities – Halifax

The Nova Scotia authorities has revealed new designs for community-based, small possibility properties for folks with disabilities.

Nova Scotia reveals new modular dwelling designs for folks with disabilities – Halifax

In a launch, the Division of Neighborhood Providers mentioned the 2 new customized designs for modular properties shall be developed extra rapidly than conventional development, permitting folks with disabilities to maneuver into the group sooner.

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Small possibility properties are community-based items the place folks with disabilities can stay independently, with day-to-day assist providers from certified workers.

The province has plans to start developing the primary 5 modular properties within the Annapolis Valley, South Shore, Halifax and Cape Breton areas this summer time.

There shall be room for as much as 4 residents every, and they’re anticipated to maneuver into the accessible, energy-efficient properties early subsequent 12 months.

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A rendering of the eating room of a small possibility dwelling by RHAD Architects.

RHAD Architects

“As extra folks transfer to residing in a group, we wish development of recent properties to be as environment friendly as doable,” mentioned Neighborhood Providers Minister Karla MacFarlane.

“Having these dwelling designs in place helps our authorities’s dedication to group residing and phasing out giant establishments.”

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The designs have been developed by RHAD Architects and DORA Development Ltd., with each groups receiving enter from workers and residents of the province’s Incapacity Help Program.

Neighborhood Providers has spent $160,000 on the modular dwelling designs to “velocity up the development course of by having properties that may already meet licensing requirements, federal constructing codes and Incapacity Help Program design necessities.”

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Renderings of a small possibility dwelling by DORA Development. That is one among two modular design plans.

Dora Development

It mentioned the properties shall be constructed off-site after which assembled on-site.  They’re constructed to the identical requirements as conventional properties, “however manufacturing unit development permits extra effectivity, decrease prices and fewer publicity to the weather in the course of the constructing course of.”

There are at present 232 community-based, small possibility properties in Nova Scotia, the discharge mentioned.

In an electronic mail, division spokesperson Leanne Strathdee-Dowling mentioned there’s “no agency quantity” of properties that shall be constructed sooner or later.

“The purpose, over time, is to shut all institutionalized residential settings and transfer folks into group,” she mentioned. “This work is intricate and can take time, given the variety of folks concerned and their particular person desires and wishes.”

As a part of the 2022-23 finances, the province mentioned it’s investing an extra $54.2 million in packages for folks with disabilities.

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