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Explore how DorianBahr merges Universal Design with sustainability to create spaces that are kind to the earth while being accessible to all. Dive into our principles of energy efficiency, sustainable materials, water conservation, and more to see how our design philosophy shapes healthier, more inclusive environments for everyone.
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The Intersection of Universal Design and Sustainability

the integration of Universal Design & sustainable living principles offers a path forward

The Intersection of Universal Design and Sustainability

In a world increasingly mindful of its environmental footprint, the call for sustainable living is louder and more urgent than ever. Enter Universal Design—a concept that is revolutionizing not only how we approach accessibility and functionality in our living spaces but also how we can harmonize these with our ecological aspirations. Imagine living in an environment that not only caters to a wide spectrum of needs but does so with minimal impact on our planet. This is the magic of integrating Universal Design with sustainability: creating spaces that are as kind to the earth as they are accommodating and beautiful.

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Principles of Sustainable Living within Universal Design

At the heart of Universal Design for sustainable living are principles that guide the creation of spaces that are both accessible and environmentally conscious. Here’s how these principles come to life:

Principle 1: Energy Efficiency

Optimizing energy use is crucial. Incorporating smart technology for heating, cooling, and lighting, which adapts to use and conserves energy, aligns with both sustainable living and Universal Design by enhancing comfort and usability for all.

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Principle 2: Use of Sustainable Materials

Selecting materials that are renewable and have a low environmental impact is foundational. This includes sourcing materials that are locally produced, which reduces transportation emissions, and those that are non-toxic to ensure a healthy indoor air quality for everyone.

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Principle 3: Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource, and its conservation is integral to sustainable living. From installing low-flow fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens to harvesting rainwater for landscaping needs, these strategies ensure that homes are not only accessible but also eco-friendly.

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Principle 4: Enhancing Indoor Environmental Quality

A focus on indoor environmental quality – ensuring good air quality, ample natural light, and reduced noise – benefits all occupants. Use of non-toxic materials and products and designs that maximize natural lighting are examples of how Universal Design principles can support a healthier and more sustainable home environment.

multi-level kitchen counters, universal design kitchen

Principle 5: Flexibility and Durability

Designs that can adapt to changing needs over time without significant remodelling or waste of materials embody the sustainability ethos. Durable materials and flexible design ensure longevity and relevancy of spaces, reducing the need for frequent updates and minimizing waste.

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DorianBahr’s Approach to Sustainable Living

DorianBahr Design is at the forefront of marrying Universal Design with sustainability, thereby crafting living spaces that are not only inclusive and functional but also environmentally responsible. Here’s how we’re making a difference:

Energy-Efficient Home Solutions

“We believe that energy efficiency should be a standard, not an exception. Our designs incorporate advanced insulation techniques, solar panels, and smart home systems that optimize energy use. This not only aids in reducing the ecological footprint but also in creating adaptable environments suitable for everyone,” shares Shannon Dunn, Production Director of Operations at DorianBahr.

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“We believe that energy efficiency should be a standard, not an exception. Our designs incorporate advanced insulation techniques, solar panels, and smart home systems that optimize energy use. This not only aids in reducing the ecological footprint but also in creating adaptable environments suitable for everyone.”

Shannon Dunn
DorianBahr’s Production Director of Operations

Sourcing Sustainable Materials

Our commitment extends to the very building blocks of our projects. “Selecting sustainable materials isn’t just about checking a box. It’s about reflecting our respect for the earth in every choice we make—from bamboo flooring to recycled glass countertops, every element matters,” explains Shannon.

sustainably-sourced counters, eco-friendly kitchen design

“Selecting sustainable materials isn’t just about checking a box. It’s about reflecting our respect for the earth in every choice we make—from bamboo flooring to recycled glass countertops, every element matters.”

Shannon Dunn
DorianBahr’s Production Director of Operations

Innovative Water Conservation Practices

rainwater harvesting system & grey water recycling commercial and residential projects

Incorporating water-saving technologies, such as rainwater harvesting systems and grey water recycling, is not only an ecological win but also enhances the usability and accessibility of homes, making them more self-sufficient and adaptive to various needs.

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Prioritizing Health Through Design

“We design spaces that breathe,” Shannon adds. “Our use of low-VOC materials, along with design strategies that optimal natural light and ventilation, ensures our homes promote a healthy environment for all inhabitants.”

natural light & kitchen ventilation for healthy designed kitchen

“We design spaces that breathe. Our use of low-VOC materials, along with design strategies that optimal natural light and ventilation, ensures our homes promote a healthy environment for all inhabitants.”

Shannon Dunn
DorianBahr’s Production Director of Operations

Building with the Future in Mind

DorianBahr designs are timeless not only in style but in function. “Our focus on flexible and durable design ensures that homes can evolve with their occupants’ needs, minimizing future modifications and the resources they would require,” Shannon highlights.

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“Our focus on flexible and durable design ensures that homes can evolve with their occupants’ needs, minimizing future modifications and the resources they would require.”

Shannon Dunn
DorianBahr’s Production Director of Operations

Conclusion: Living Sustainably with Universal Design

As we navigate the challenges of the 21st century, the integration of Universal Design and sustainable living principles offers a path forward—one where our homes can be sanctuaries of inclusivity and models of environmental stewardship. DorianBahr invites you to join us in reimagining the future of living spaces.

“Sustainable living and Universal Design are two sides of the same coin,” concludes Shannon. “At DorianBahr, we’re not just designing homes; we’re crafting ecosystems that uplift humanity and pay homage to the earth. Join us in creating spaces that reflect our shared consciousness for the planet and our love for sophisticated, inclusive design.”

inclusive design, inclusive kitchen design with universal design principles

“Sustainable living and Universal Design are two sides of the same coin. At DorianBahr, we’re not just designing homes; we’re crafting ecosystems that uplift humanity and pay homage to the earth. Join us in creating spaces that reflect our shared consciousness for the planet and our love for sophisticated, inclusive design.”

Shannon Dunn
DorianBahr’s Production Director of Operations

In doing so, we collectively embark on a journey to a greener, more accessible world, where the environment we cherish and the homes we love are in harmonious coexistence, celebrating the beauty of living sustainably with Universal Design.

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