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Pandect once again proven

April 18, 2015

We’ve always known that we create great products. But now its official, with Pandect having just been awarded Lifemark Product Partner status – something that we’re proud of.


So what does this mean? We’ll first it’s probably worth delving into what and who Lifemark are, and what they represent.

In a nutshell, Lifemark is a certification standard that embraces intelligent design concepts that make living easy – no matter the ability or capabilities of the person living or working within a particular home or premises.

“Lifemark’s aim is to influence the design of housing so that a greater proportion of new homes built will be suitable for older people and people with disabilities to live in for a longer period of time.” [1]

Like many other standards or quality marks such as QualMark for the tourism industry, Lifemark utilise a star rating scale. Using a three to five stars rating scale, where most others will utilise a one to five, a rating is derived from the number of standards implemented in the design/build of a particular home. The standards cover the main area of the building ensuring that they are designed and constructed to be:

  • Adaptable
  • Accessible
  • Usable
  • Safe, and
  • Offer lifetime value

 A Lifemark star rating provides potential home owners with information about adaptability, safety and ease of use. It allows purchases of homes with the knowledge and assurance of how appropriate a home is for their use now, and into the future.

Let’s take a look at the Star ratings in some more depth.

The Lifemark Design Standards are based on five key universal design principles. These are Adaptability, Accessibility, Usability, Safety and Lifetime Value.[2]

  1. Adaptability - An adaptable home is a dwelling with design features that can be easily adapted to the changing needs of the occupants as they progress through life. An adaptable home is one in which a change in a person’s circumstances does not require an expensive retrofit in order for them to continue to live easily, safely and independently in the home.
  2. Accessibility - An accessible home is one that enables an occupant or visitors to the home to be able to access it easily, safely and independently. Nobody is excluded from participating in home life because they are aging or have a disability. This includes level entry, wider doorways and corridors, and a kitchen and laundry that are designed to be easier to use. 
  3. Usability - A usable home is a dwelling that has thoughtful design features that meet the needs of people of different ages and abilities over time. A Lifemark certified home has features that make home life easier including reachable power points and easy to use taps, window latches and light switches. 
  4. Safety - A safe house is one which uses intelligent design features that are proven to prevent injuries in the home, especially from slips, trips and falls. Improved lighting, non-slip surfaces in wet areas, better designed stairs, appropriate alarm systems and window latches are some of the features that prevent injuries yet can be designed tastefully into your home. A Lifemark certified home is a safe home for everyone. 
  5. Lifetime Value - A Lifemark Certified home is not intended to be complicated or expensive for designers to design, builders to build or most importantly for people to live in. The Lifemark Principles have been carefully considered so that they can be easily incorporated into a dwelling’s design and construction early on with only a small, if any cost. If added at a later stage, the cost is often tens of thousands of dollars, as well as the emotional cost of retrofitting.


Taking into account the above design features, a Lifemark rating can be made by determining what standards a specific design meets or incorporates.

Three Stars

The lowest star rating possible and minimum level, is achieved by meeting the minimum 25 standards.


Four & Five Stars

To qualify for a higher rating, additional points are then accumulated to achieve a 4 or even a 5 star level. To achieve the 5 Star rating, nearly all features are required to be in place and the accumulated points reflect this quality rating.

With Pandect obtaining Product Partner status, it gives us another competitive advantage in the market place, but ultimately provides reassurance for builders, designers, specifiers and developers that our products have been designed to meet the needs of any NZ occupant, no matter what their age, stage or ability.[3]

In order to be accredited with Product Partner Status, products must meet strong and innovative criteria and are aligned with the Universal Design Principles. Pandect’s lift options have met these criteria and you can be assured that our products are designed appropriately to ensure that the key five universal principles of adaptability, accessibility, usability, safety and lifetime value are at the forefront of our design (and application).

Being a Product Partner further cements our reputation and aligns to the national supply agreement’s Pandect holds for the provision of lifts to New Zealand’s health and disability sector.  Equally, Pandect lifts can been seen in many commercial premises offering access solutions for all individuals.


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