Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors

America is experiencing an age wave. Within the next decade about 16% of the American population will be over the age of 65 and by 2050 that number is expected to double. Predictably the fastest growing segment of the housing market is the Baby Boomer population. The housing industry and product manufacturers must respond to this trend and universal design is one way they are doing this. This course will help you to understand the importance of the changing demographics in the US and recognize the impact that the aging population is having on the environment and products.

After completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe current and predicted demographic trends in aging
  • Analyze the impact that the aging population is having on environments and products
  • List the 7 principles of universal design and give an example of each
  • Understand the difference between universal design and accessible design
  • Describe the effect aging has on health, behavior and everyday life


CEU is worth 1 LU/HSW AIA Credit.

Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative course I worked through the 7 Principals of design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors. It was beneficial for the reason that each question was put in a way that I would work through a project. This course was extremely helpful to add to my skill set.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Valuable information The course provided valuable information on windows and fulfilled a HSW course requirement to maintain my certification.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a great course, since I am a baby boomer it made me think about some things in my own life. It made me rethink some things in my own life and it was a good course and covered a broad range of aging aspects.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent introduction to an important topic I enjoyed the overview of the information and learning about the two different approaches and how they're not mutually exclusive. The rate at which baby boomers are turning 60 was very surprising!
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many relevant points This 83 year old registered practicing architect always looks for verification of the theories he espouses and in this course many of those were touched upon, yet many were not. So, it was worth the time to review it and I commend Milgard for taking up this subject of Universal Design as it applies to us in the aging demographic.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Applicable and informative The course emphasizes the distinction between accessible and universal design. It is very informative and interesting. Two of the test questions need some attention or editing: The question asking the 3 contributors to the demographic population shift does not give credit for a correct response, when the 3 factors given in the course material are correctly chosen. Another of the questions has a double use of the word"is", which makes it unclear what it is actually asking, thus leading to a possible incorrect reesponse.
Date published: 2016-06-24
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