The NAHB Research Center will release its seventeenth edition of the Directory of Accessible Building Products (DABP) at this year's International Builders' Show to assist the home building industry in meeting the housing needs of older adults and those with special physical needs.

Over the years, the DABP has earned industry recognition as a premier resource for builders and remodelers searching for products to achieve maximum accessibility value and meet their clients' needs. The directory features useful information on over 200 commercially available products and is designed to be a convenient purchasing resource and reference for addressing accessibility needs in residences.

The DABP also provides the building industry with needed product information for aging in place and universal design needs. It allows home buyers and homeowners to live comfortably, safely, and independently in their homes, for as long as possible. Common features in the directory include kitchen and bath products, appliances, and fixtures. Other features include information on home automation, climate control products, stair lifts, and accessible floor plans.

“The Directory of Accessible Building Products is a unique and powerful resource for builders and designers who are meeting the demand for more functional and livable housing options for older adults and those with special needs,” according to Michael Luzier, NAHB Research Center president. “The number of aging Americans in the population continues to grow and the home building industry needs a greater understanding of how to accommodate the specialized needs of this evolving market segment.

The DABP is a must-have reference for all builders and remodelers.” The DABP is available online through the NAHB Research Center's bookstore, at or by calling 800-638-8556. There is no charge for the directory, only a $6.50 shipping and handling fee. Manufacturers interested in listing accessible products in the 2008 directory and certified aging in place specialists needing multiple copies for distribution should contact the NAHB Research Center at 800-638-8556.