Expanding Our Horizons: Gruen's Journey into Special Disability Accommodation (SDA)

Over the last few months, our team at Gruen has embarked on a remarkable journey into new territory, one that has broadened our scope and introduced us to a steep learning curve: Special Disability Accommodation (SDA) projects. As a company committed to making energy-efficient and sustainable spaces a staple in the Australian landscape, this expansion into the disability sector was a natural progression for us. In this blog post, we’ll share our journey into SDA projects and provide a brief overview of the four different SDA typologies.

Our Commitment to Sustainability and Inclusivity
At Gruen, we’ve always believed in the power of sustainable design to transform spaces into more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly environments. Our mission has been to create spaces that not only benefit the environment but also improve the quality of life for those who inhabit them. Expanding into the SDA sector aligns perfectly with our values, as it allows us to contribute to the creation of inclusive living spaces that cater to the specific needs of individuals with disabilities.

Our Current Endeavours
Currently, Gruen is actively working on several SDA projects across Victoria, with each project presenting its own unique challenges and opportunities. We are also excited to announce that we are on the verge of commencing our very first SDA project in Queensland. This expansion demonstrates our commitment to making a positive impact across multiple regions in Australia.

Understanding SDA Typologies
SDA, or Special Disability Accommodation, is a term used to describe housing that has been specially designed to meet the needs of individuals with extreme functional impairments or very high support needs. There are four primary SDA typologies, each catering to different disability requirements:

1. Improved Liveability: These are homes with features that enhance accessibility and are suitable for individuals with significant physical disabilities.
2. Robust: Designed for individuals with behaviours of concern, these homes incorporate features that can withstand potential property damage.
3. Fully Accessible: These homes are designed for individuals with significant physical impairments and include features such as hoists and wider doorways for wheelchair access.
4. High Physical Support: Designed for individuals with complex medical needs, these homes offer specialized medical equipment and 24/7 support staff.

Understanding these typologies is crucial when planning and designing SDA projects to ensure that individuals with disabilities receive the appropriate level of support and accommodation they require

Join Us in Making a Difference
At Gruen, we are excited about our journey into SDA projects and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. If you have any questions about SDA or wish to discuss whether this option is feasible for your needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can create a more inclusive and sustainable future for all Australians. Remember, at Gruen, we’re not just building spaces; we’re building a better future for everyone. Get in touch with us today and let’s make a difference together.