The government has opened a competition, inviting applicants to come forward with ideas for new low carbon, age-friendly homes.
Opened on 2 March, the competition is seeking small businesses, designers and manufacturers to come forward with homes that meet the needs of the country’s growing elderly generation, using technology and the latest innovations to improve their quality of life. Part of the outline design that applicants must submit is evidence their homes will have a low environmental impact, applying technology and construction techniques to deliver net zero carbon emissions.
Other requirements for applicants include designs being age-friendly and inclusive, meaning they appeal to a variety of age groups and are adaptable to how needs will change as people become older, promote better health and wellbeing through access to green spaces and communal areas, and be both deliverable and scalable, meaning the homes can be rolled out across the country.
Three finalists will be selected and have the opportunity to partner with developers to deliver homes on a site owned by Homes England. The competition follows the government’s recent consultation on a new Future Homes Standard. This will require all new homes built from 2025 to have 80% fewer carbon emissions.
The first phase of the competition is set to run until 15 April.