BRE helps to launch Home of 2030

Housing Tue, Nov 5, 2019 8:54 AM

A government-sponsored competition is inviting housing providers, designers and others to submit proposals for the design and delivery of new homes, responding to two Grand Challenges affecting future housing need: an ageing society and clean growth.

The competition will be run by a consortium led by BRE, with partners RIBA Competitions, Design Council and MOBIE.

Home of 2030 is a cross-departmental initiative between MHCLG, BEIS and DHSC and is asking those in the industry to propose practical and scalable ideas for future homes which are suitable for all ages and are environmentally sustainable over their entire lifespan.

Designs will be evaluated against a range of criteria including scalability, sustainability, accessibility and durability. Affordability and health integration will be key factors, as will solutions for homes that can adapt to the needs of changing demographics. Through the competition’s dialogue with industry and consumers, successful consortia will be created to produce and showcase housing solutions for mainstream adoption.

“Making new homes desirable to all demographics is key to the Home of 2030 challenge. We need to ensure that homes can positively impact people’s lives and communities and adapt to changing needs resulting from developments such as an ageing society. Home of 2030 is an exciting opportunity to show how homes should be designed for the future” says Alan Somerville, Head of Building Performance Group at BRE.

Home of 2030’s initial stage is an Innovation Challenge, which is now open for applications. Entrants to the Innovation Challenge who meet the criteria will be included in a directory of market-ready innovations. The directory will be provided to the entrants of the two-phase Design and Delivery competition which begins in January 2020. See www.Homeof2030.com for more details.

The competition will be a national focus for innovation in housing and is expected to attract submissions for individual home designs together with community and neighbourhood schemes. It is also expected to include innovation at individual product and component level.

The delivery and management of the competition is provided by a consortium led by BRE, the world-leading research and innovation centre, and includes RIBA Competitions, Design Council and housing education charity MOBIE.

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