A design discussion
Sponsored and Hosted by The Living In Place Institute
Our KBtribechat questions:
- Do you talk to your clients about safety and long-term living? Do you discuss any special needs a family member may have when creating a design concept?
- What ideas do you have to make bath safety features more attractive?
- What ideas do you have to make kitchen safety features more attractive?
- Do you automatically include safety features in your designs? Please share details.
- What are your favorite products and designs that enhance ergonomics in the kitchen and bathroom? Please share photos.
- Are you comfortable explaining how safety designs and products are a good investment for both convenience and added property value?
- What products and designs are trending that make the home more accessible, comfortable and safe?
- Are you familiar with the CLIPP program that is endorsed by the NKBA? Are you interested in becoming certified and applying many of today’s ideas into all of your projects?
The Living In Place Institute blends the best principles of aging in place and universal design to make all home accessible, comfortable and safer for everyone, regardless of their needs or age. The Certified Living In Place Professional program is recognized as being the only training program to help professionals have the best information and tools. A key element of the Certified Living In Place Professional training is the need to create interprofessional teams to create the best solutions for all of your clients. The Certified Living In Place Professional program is also the only external program endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The Living In Place Institute will be hosting the Showcase for Living In Place at KBIS in Booth S114. There will be 11 NKBA-CEU panel presentations, 6 Showcase Partners, live cooking demonstrations and door prizes at the Showcase, along with Living In Place Institute Recognized Product tours on the show floor. We will also be a destination for the Genius Hour Tours. Make a point to come to Showcase during KBIS.
Erik Listou, CLIPP, CAPS, CAASH, CGR, CGP, CR, LDST
Co-Founder Living In Place Institute
Erik@LivingInPlace.Institute – 720-581-0277
Erik is proud to be a senior and is passionate about providing safe and comfortable housing for everyone. Recognized by the housing industry with eight national credentials and project and leadership awards, Erik blends almost five decades as a building professional with a focus on bringing awareness of home safety issues to the industry and consumers. He has published countless articles and produced/hosted his own talk radio show. From design, to body language, to strategic planning, he is an energetic public speaker and knowledgeable housing and business consultant.
Now, with his colleague and former Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) student, Louie Delaware, they have pioneered education and standardized assessments for home accessibility and safety.
Active in several trade associations. Erik holds the following certifications and accomplishments: Certified Living in Place Professional™ (CLIPP), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Remodeler (CR), Lead Dust Sampling Technician (LDST), Subject-Matter Expert for Carpentry Standards, Subject-Matter Expert for Project Management and NAHB Educational Licensee.
Erik lives in the mountain community of Evergreen, Colorado. With aging parents and family members with disabilities (and a few aging issues of his own) he understands the unique needs of individuals in their homes. A proud father, grandfather and devoted husband, Erik is a professional musician and, as you may have already guessed judging by his unique appearance, Santa Claus who, along with his wife Frances, brings delight to many the December holiday season.
Louie Delaware, CLIPP, BSME, MBA, ACPC, CAPS
Co-Founder Living In Place Institute
Louie@LivingInPlace.Institute – 303-726-6828
Louie is passionate about helping people make their homes as safe as possible. His knack for being able to describe home safety issues in easy-to-understand terms comes after 22 years in the field of advanced research and development for medical and analytical devices. He has been awarded many different patents and received the prestigious international R&D 100 award for Advanced Technologies. In 2004, he founded US Safety Pros, LLC, which specializes in childproofing, radon testing and mitigation, home accessibility and many other home safety services.
A licensed general contractor, Louie has childproofed more than 3,800 homes and helped countless others mitigate radon, improve family safety, and makes homes easier to negotiate and use for older adults and physically challenged individuals. A father of two children, Louie has first-hand experience when it comes to what works (and what doesn’t) in home safety. He also has older parents who lived in the same home for nearly 50 years.
Louie is a national safety expert for TV news and radio programs, along with many newspapers (including USA Today®), where he is known as The Home Safety Guru®. He is also a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Kitchen + Bath Business Magazine.
Louie holds the following certifications:
• Certified Living in Place Professional™ (CLIPP)
• Certified Aging in Place Specialist® (CAPS)
• Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer® (ACPC)
• Radon Mitigation
• And the National Program for Playground Safety.
He also degrees in BS-Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Colorado-Denver. Louie lives outside of picturesque Boulder, Colorado with his wife and their three lightning-fast whippet racing dogs, and they have two adult children.