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NZ recognised as home to the most outstanding housing innovator in the world!

At a gala event in London last month, Lifemark was recognised as the best in the world when it comes to Universal Design innovation. Beating a large number of entrants from Australasia and Europe, New Zealand Universal Design organisation Lifemark was awarded ‘The Most Outstanding Universal Design Innovator in the World’ award

This is a first for a New Zealand organisation and recognises the unique star rating system Lifemark has designed to help consumers understand what they are getting in a Universal Design build and what works best for their needs. No-one else in the world informs choice for consumers as well as Lifemark does here in NZ. The Global Enablement Awards celebrate and reward excellence, innovation and exemplary achievements in the aged and disability care sector worldwide

Lifemark won the Australasian equivalent of this award in Melbourne in February, earning their nomination on the world stage.

Lifemark met the criteria of the best performed, most meritorious, most innovative and most courageous organisation in its international category.

Global Awards Secretariat Mr. John Petrie-Smythe said "Lifemark is the most outstanding disability housing innovator in the world."

“This award recognises the dedication and work done by an amazing team and is a credit to the determination and ambition of the organisation to achieve and deliver excellence. We are humbled and delighted to be recognised by this international award”, said Geoff Penrose, Lifemark General Manager. He and his wife Kathryn were in London to accept the award.

Dairne Kirton, Board President of CCS Disability Action commented, “This prestigious award puts the work we are doing in the Universal Design space on the world map. This work is so important for disabled people and our aging population to ensure the homes we build in this country provide comfort and access for all. We are very proud that our Lifemark division is leading the way internationally with what they have achieved on behalf of all New Zealanders”.

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Geoff and Kathryn Penrose receive Global award.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

For further information contact:

Geoff Penrose 

General Manager

Lifemark (A division of CCS Disability Action)

Phone: 027 205 2206


Lifetime Design background information

Lifemark is the commercial division of CCS Disability Action that was formed in 2006 and merged back into the organisation in 2018. The Lifemark division works with Access Advisors & Educators and directly with developers, architects, home builders, social housing trusts, retirement operators, local and central government to provide professional services on accessibility and universal design.

The team engages at the earliest stage of any new development in the built environment to ensure accessibility is included. They deliver a set of star rated residential design standards (Lifemark standards version 2, 2016), conformity to NZS 4121 (2001) reporting and best practice universal design advice for public and commercial buildings.

The team also works with manufacturers and has a growing range of approved products that are universally designed for ease of use and safety. Individual home owners ask to have their home built to a Lifemark 3, 4 or 5 star rating as the team work with the architect and builder to ensure these specifications are achieved.

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Geoff and Kathryn Penrose receive Global award 1
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