Sponsored by VELUX and Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan and in partnership with Communities and Local Government, BRE, Modern Built Environment - Knowledge Transfer Network (MBE KTN) and NHBC, the Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards, with the support of BIDA and The Landscape Institute champion innovation and are pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the way we design and build our new homes.
For 2009 the Awards will again be considered within 12 Categories and, following the successful legacies of the Barratt Green House (Home for the Future 07) and The Avanti House with Crest Nicholson (Tomorrow’s Lifestyle Home 08) architects and interior designers will again be invited to participate in the annual design competition.
In his foreword to the CLG paper Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods published in February this year the Prime Minster wrote:
“We don’t just need more homes, we need more quality homes. Homes that are designed and built to a high standard, and that respond to one of the biggest challenges of 21st century- the challenge of an ageing population”
The ageing society poses one of our greatest housing challenges-by 2026 older people will account for almost half of the increase in the total number of households, resulting in 2.4 million more older households than there are today.
To put it succinctly: We need more and better homes for older people now.
To address this challenge the 2009 British Homes Awards in association with CLG and Help the Aged will challenge architects and interior designers to rethink not only the construction and design of homes that comply with and surpass Lifetime Homes Standards, but also the way communities are created to allow ageing occupants to maintain a 21st Century lifestyle and the enjoyment of communal amenities.
This Lifetime Homes. Lifetime Neighbourhoods competition will be announced in February and promoted at Ecobuild and Futurebuild (March 03-05). The short- listed designs will be presented as a gallery exhibit within the British Homes Awards pavilion at BRE Insite (June 01-04) and the winning design will be announced on September 18 at the Awards presentation in London and published in next year’s edition of Design. The key to a better place.
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