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03/03/2020

Pincher calls on businesses to design low-carbon homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing minister Christopher Pincher has invited small businesses, designers and manufacturers to come forward with ideas for low-carbon, elder-friendly homes.

The homes must meet the highest standards of design, the government said, meeting the needs of the country’s growing elderly population with technology and the “latest innovations” used to improve quality of life.

Pincher 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.”

The government added that the three finalists would have the opportunity to partner with developers to deliver their designs on a site owned by Homes England.

It wants to see applications that:

  • Are age-friendly and inclusive – appealing to a variety of age groups and adaptable to how needs will change as people become older.
  • Have a low environmental impact – applying technology and construction techniques to deliver net zero-carbon emissions.
  • Encourage healthy living – by promoting better health and wellbeing, such as through access to green spaces and communal areas.
  • Are deliverable & scalable – homes that can be rolled out across the country.

More information can be found on the Home of 2030 website.

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