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Finalists unveiled for environmentally friendly homes for the future

Words: Huw Morris

Six finalists in a government competition to find the top design for low-carbon, age-friendly homes of the future have been unveiled.

The Home of 2030 competition aims to encourage the housing industry to design environmentally friendly homes that support people throughout their lives.

Applicants submitted outline designs for homes that are age-friendly and inclusive and have a low environmental impact through technology and construction techniques to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. The competition also encourages deliverable and scalable designs that promote healthy living with access to green spaces and communal areas.

The six finalist groups, which each received £40,000 to develop their plans, are:

  • The Positive Collective, which aims to build homes that reduce carbon emissions and promote social interaction, including through food grown in communal spaces and areas such as ponds to promote biodiversity.
  • HLM Architects with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Green Build (pictured), which is aiming to build homes using interchangeable parts with other homes, “creating a circular economy in which little is wasted”.
  • Igloo Regeneration with Useful Projects, Expedition Engineers and Mawson Kerr Architects, which is focusing on simple frame structures and standardised components delivered within walkable, vibrant neighbourhoods.
  • Openstudio Architects, which is looking to combine three building elements – a standardised housing module, an open ‘loft’ and a circulation, storage and shared module – with three landscape elements comprising communal green space, small private gardens or upper level balconies and terraces, and front gardens.
  • Outpost Architects and team are designing Janus, a home constructed from 98 per cent organic biomass material from chiefly timber and straw.
  • Studio OPEN is aiming to promoted community and caring for others through a central garden shared between four homes, with properties built using locally sourced materials and timber construction methods to reduce environmental impact.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said that Homes England’s development partners would work with the winning entrant and other selected finalists to develop bids for a series of homes on the agency’s land.

The winner will be revealed in the autumn.

Image credit | HLM Architects