Any building that LCNC is involved with should be designed and built using the 7 Universal Building Principles copied below. This is to reflect the diverse physical needs of every community and the ability of of the building to adapt to any changing needs of any user or tenant.
The Seven Principles of Universal Design
1.Equitable Use. Equitable Use means the design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities. Furthermore, it means providing services equally to all users with no segregation, privacy is secured, and the design is generally considered appealing.
2.Flexibility in Use. Flexibility in Use ensures that the design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. Choice in method for using the service and adaptability to the user’s pace are central concepts in flexibility.
3.Simple and Intuitive Use. Simple and Intuitive Use makes the design or service easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level. Eliminating unnecessary complexity, providing information in a consistent fashion, and accommodating a range of literacy and language skills all help to insure simplicity of design.
4.Perceptible Information. Perceptible Information means transferring knowledge effectively regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities. Using different modes of information delivery, highlighting essential information, giving clear and easy instructions, and providing information in an accessible way that can be absorbed by people with sensory limitations all help to improve quality of perceptible information.
5.Tolerance for Error. When the product or service minimizes hazards and adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions, there is a Tolerance for Error. This concept applies more to universal accessibility of products. However, in service delivery this concept would discourage actions that may have adverse consequences; for example, insensitivity to a person’s disability and lack of respect for that person’s right to privacy may have unintended consequences.
6.Low Physical Effort. Low Physical Effort means the participant can use the product or service efficiently and comfortably with a minimum of fatigue. In specific terms, the user will minimize repetitive actions and minimize sustained physical effort.
7.Size and Space for Approach and Use. When insuring Size and Space for Approach and Use the service or product meets the needs of all users, regardless of body size, posture, or mobility. Specifically, this principal requires a clear line of sight for all users, assumes comfort for a seated or standing user, and provides adequate space for use of assistive devices and personal assistance.