What will the homes of the future look like? Housing Minister Christopher Pincher today launched a competition to find out, by asking small businesses, designers and manufacturers to come forward with ideas for new low carbon, age-friendly housing.
The winners will get the chance to design new low carbon homes, delivering low energy bills and independent living for older people, using technology and the latest innovations to improve their quality of life. Three finalists will have the opportunity to partner with developers to deliver homes on a site owned by Homes England.
The Government is asking for outline designs for homes that:
- Are age-friendly and inclusive: appealing to a variety of age groups and adaptable to people’s changing needs as they get older.
- Have a low environmental impact: applying technology and construction techniques to deliver net-zero carbon emissions.
- Promote healthy living: developing better health and wellbeing via access to green spaces and communal areas.
- Are deliverable & scalable: homes that can be rolled out across the country.
Homes are responsible for 25% of carbon emissions in the United Kingdom, so the new competition puts energy efficiency upfront in housing design.
Today’s announcement follows the government’s recent consultation on a new Future Homes Standard, which will mean all new homes built from 2025 will have 80% fewer carbon emissions. The new Standard will be introduced by 2025.
According to a report by the BBC, also published today, at the moment nearly two-thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets. This means more than 12 million homes currently fall below the C grade on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) graded from A-G. So there is plenty of room for improvement.
To find out more about the Government’s design competition, visit the Home of 2030 website. The first phase will run until Wednesday 15 April.