Universal Design recognition
The Universal Design Project Recognition Program is available to all CotY entrants. Participants meeting specified criteria based on the CotY category entered will be recognized for meeting universal design standards regardless of CotY winning status. With the launch of this program, the existing Residential Universal Design category will be retired, thereby allowing entrants the opportunity to enter into the appropriate category as well and obtain recognition for universal design work.
Universal design standards cover an array of items that focus on accessibility, such as wider, low- or no-threshold doorways; lower countertops; main rooms on main floor; curbless showers; slip-resistant flooring material; lighting outlets and switches; use of ergonomic handles and more.