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MBA seeks to improve homes for seniors

MBA is calling for entries in its 2013 National Lifestyle Housing for Senior Awards.

Master Builders Australia (MBA) is looking for ways to improve housing for senior citizens, as the baby boom generation moves to retirement.

It is currently seeking entries into its 2013 National Lifestyle Housing for Senior Awards, which it is holding in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing.

The awards are aimed at recognising aspects such as design and construction that aid older people in areas like mobility, accessibility and safety.

MBA chief executive officer William Harnisch said: "The building industry is very aware of the importance of housing to Australia’s social fabric and always strives to create housing that meets the needs of all Australians."

As Australia has an ageing population, the construction industry has a vested interest in ensuring property is suitable for them.

The baby boom generation may also be responsible for recent figures suggesting apartment sales have been rising. That's because once children leave home, many people look to downsize.

Posted by Steve Douglas

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