UGR R&D project “VIVable”, receives national award at Spanish Exhibition of Architecture and Housing

UGR R&D project “VIVable”, receives national award at Spanish Exhibition of Architecture and Housing

VIVable

The UGR research & development project “From accessible housing to sustainable housing: the essence of reasonable adjustment, VIVable”, has won a prestigious national award at the Spanish Exhibition of Architecture and Housing.

Developed by Consuelo del Moral Avila, the project won the award in the area of research. VIVable, which means “liveable” in Spanish, offers a pioneering, integrated diagnosis and intervention system in the field of universal accessibility, using a tool known as SIG-ACCE. This accurate and structured diagnostics tool is designed to detect and evaluate accessibility problems posed by both multi-family housing units and single family housing units. It also provides an intervention tool based on multi-criteria analysis, determined by social, technical, and economic indicators, by means of which users can gauge the best solution to accessibility problems from among a set of potential solutions.

The innovative nature of the project is considerable, given that it offers a new, universal and integrated system that will significantly improve accessibility in residential buildings currently used in the autonomous community of Andalusia. As well as filling a gap left by the private housing and construction sector, the tool will also provide public administrations with new and highly valuable information, such as the geographical distribution of housing accessibility problems in the region.

In 2015, the project also received the Andalusian Award for Good Practices in Services for People with Disabilities, in the area ‘Promoting Accessibility and Inclusive Design’.