Housing Minister launches homes of the future competition

4 March 2020

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has invited the housing industry to submit ideas for the homes of the future for a new competition.

The competition aims to attract ideas for low carbon, age-friendly homes which can meet the needs of the elderly, using technology and innovation to improve their quality of life.

It follows the government’s recent consultation on a new Future Homes Standard, which would require all new homes from 2025 to have 80% fewer carbon emissions than homes built to current requirements.

Applicants should submit an outline design for homes that are:

  • Age-friendly and inclusive: appealing to a variety of age groups and adaptable to the needs of the elderly
  • Low environmental impact: delivering net zero carbon emissions
  • Deliverable and scalable: can be easily rolled out across the country
  • Promote health and wellbeing: access to green spaces and communal areas

An expert panel will compile a shortlist of six applicants, who will each receive £40,000 of funding to help them deliver their plans. Three finalists will then be chosen; each will have the opportunity to partner with developers to deliver homes on Homes England land.

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP said:

This competition will harness all that technology has to offer to bring in a housing revolution: new low carbon homes that deliver low energy bills and independent living for older generations.

The new gold standard of building will have the future in mind – not just in the United Kingdom, but worldwide.

To enter the competition, visit the Home of 2030 website and submit your entry before 13 May 2020.