The Lifemark™ is awarded to homes that enable usability, adaptability and accessibility – for any age, stage or ability. Encouraging the use of internationally recognised benchmark levels of design from the outset a Lifemark home is designed to be beautiful to look at and be functional to live in. This handy guide will step you through the options and highlight how Lifemark™ approval will enhance your home now and into the future. The homeowner guide is an essential resource for both homeowners and industry professionals who are looking to design and build a home in New Zealand. Based on international best practise and Universal Design principles this guide outlines the values behind the Lifemark™ and also covers some typical examples of the Lifemark™ Design Standards in practice. It provides a great simple explanation of how the Lifemark™ Design Standards can be included in your house plans and provides links to more information via the Lifemark website.