Changing the Mindset from ‘Granny Flat’ to Flexible Home Adaptations (November 2023)

  • Pre-recorded RIAI Courses
  • Pre-recorded Online
Member Rate: €35 | Practice Rate: €30 | Non-member Rate €45
RIAI Digital Chalk
1 Structured CPD Point

Event Information

This course consists of recordings of a live CPD, hosted by the RIAI on 23 November 2023, on Changing the mindset from ‘Granny Flat’ to Flexible Home Adaptations, by Catherine Dollard (MRIAI) and Linda Horgan (MAOTI).

Course Aim

The aim of the CPD course is to inform attendees of best practice in the design of flexible home adaptations.

Who is this CPD for?

  • RIAI members - architects working on domestic housing projects, Local Authority architects and Age Friendly Technical Advisors
  • AOTI members working in the area of home adaptations
  • IPI members, particularly Local Authority planners

Course Overview

The CPD course will cover the following topics:

  1. Why write this paper?
  2. Methodology
  3. Position being taken
  4. Analysis of current Development Plans & Demographics
  5. Issues
  6. Recommendations
  7. Proposed Planning Guidelines for Flexible Home Adaptations
  8. 10 Universal Design Features
  9. Learnings
  10. Case Studies

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

LO1: An understanding of the criteria for ‘granny flats’ in existing Development Plans and why there is a need for a more consistent approach to support positive health and housing outcomes. 

LO2: Illustrate best practice in the provision of flexible home adaptations to provide a home for older people and those who need support to live independently.


Catherine Dollard (MRIAI) and Linda Horgan (MAOTI).

This is a recording of an event that took place over Zoom on 23 November 2023 and is being delivered via RIAI DigitalChalk:

  • Following receipt of your payment via MyRIAI you will receive an email from the RIAI CPD Division (9:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday) providing your login details for RIAI Digital Chalk.
  • This online course will be accessible from your RIAI Digital Chalk account for 6 months from the date of completion.
  • The RIAI will send you a CPD certificate on completion of the online course.