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COLUMBUS, OH – January 31, 2006 – Graduate students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently completed lighting designs for the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL), a national demonstration home planned for Columbus, Ohio. The concept behind UDLL is to accommodate the widest range of needs without special or separate design. The lighting scheme created by the students is intended to help those dealing with visual impairments and mobility challenges while also helping to alleviate circadian disorders resulting from lighting, or lack of light, at certain times of the day.
“The students took care to enhance the layout, style, and functionality of the home while accommodating visual, safety, and accessibility needs,” said LRC Associate Director Russ Leslie. He worked with Patricia Rizzo, LRC residential program manager, to guide the students through the project.
“The living laboratory is one of many projects the LRC has taken part in to help change building practices and break down technical barriers, so contractors and homeowners can make better lighting decisions that lead to practical solutions with style,” said Rizzo.
The lighting plans include light-emitting diodes (LED), new lighting controls and automation technologies, and control panels mounted 40-inches from the floor for easy accessibility.
The LRC students worked with house floor plans created by Patrick Manley, AIA, of Manley Architecture Group, and kitchen and bath designer Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD.
The UDLL project was developed by Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., UDLL project director, internationally known speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities. Rossetti has assembled a team of leading experts to build the universal design home and garden scheduled to break ground in 2006. The home will be designed to serve as a national model, learning laboratory, and demonstration site to teach and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of universal design.
To learn more about the UDLL project, please visit www.UDLL.com.