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.