BASF Universal Design Home Offers Tours Through June

A Paterson, N.J., house highlighting universal design concepts is open for private tours through June 2006, at which time it will be adopted by a family with a child with special needs.

Called the "BASF Better Home, Better Planet" house, the 2,900 sq. ft. residence is now being used as a universal design example to architects, builders, government officials and homeowners. Features include a ceiling-mounted patient lift, wheelchair accessible shower, bathroom grab bars, an elevator and an accessible kitchen. In addition to showcasing the benefits of universal design -- the concept of making a home safe and comfortable for all residents, regardless of age or medical conditions -- the residence also is designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

BASF -- a New Jersey-based chemical company producing polymers, automotive and industrial coatings, and agricultural products -- created the Better Home project while partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, in addition to manufacturers of environmentally friendly and accessible products.

BASF will donate the house to St. Michael's Housing Corp., who will turn the home over to the family.

For more details and information on the Better Home, Better Planet project, visit www.betterhomebetterplanet.com; www.surehands.com; or www.best-bath.com.

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