HLM Architects' design for a sustainable home

‘Home of 2030’ - shortlist designs revealed

Image credit: HLM Architects

The UK government has revealed the six finalists of its 'Home of 2030' competition, which encourages the design of environmentally and socially responsible homes.

The competition is calling for designs of low-carbon homes which can support people in continuing to live independent and fulfilling lives as the UK population ages, while also promoting healthy living and the buildings themselves being deliverable and scalable.

The Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has today announced the six finalists of the competition.

The six finalists in the competition are:

  1. The Positive Collective with EcoSystems Technologies, COCIS, and Arup.
  2. HLM Architects with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Green Build.
  3. Igloo Regeneration with Useful Projects, Expedition Engineers and Mawson Kerr Architects.
  4. Openstudio Architects Ltd.
  5. Outputs Architects.
  6. Studio OPEN.

The finalists have already received £40,000 each to help them develop their plans further.

A range of solutions has been proposed for green and socially responsible housing. For instance, the group led by Igloo Regeneration has proposed its '+Home', which involves community-led and self-build homes which people can design themselves. These homes are simple to build with standardised, sustainable frames and components.

Igloo Regeneration's proposals for sustainable homes

Igloo Regeneration

Image credit: Igloo Regeneration

Openstudio proposes that homes could help foster a sense of community and identity. They have put forward a design for adaptable homes which can be combined in different ways using three simple building elements and three landscape elements, creating “multi-generational communities which provide a sustainable environment in which people can thrive”.

Openstudio Architects' design for sustainable homes

Openstudio Architects Ltd

Image credit: Openstudio Architects Ltd

The group led by Outpost Architects has suggested a modular housing system called 'Janus', which is inspired by traditional biomass materials and construction. They prose that zero-waste houses could be made from 98 per cent organic biomass (primarily timber and straw).

Alan Jones, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, commented: “The UK urgently needs a broad mix of affordable, age-friendly and sustainable housing and these shortlisted proposals provide exactly that. Through the clever configuration of private and public space; natural light and ventilation; intelligent use of materials and technologies, these cost-effective, low-carbon homes show what’s possible when architects collaborate.”

A winner will be announced in autumn 2020 and – together with the other five finalists – will be introduced to Homes England development partners to explore the possibility of developing bids for a series of their homes on Homes England land.

“This competition demonstrates the best of British design being brought to bear on a key issue for today and future generations: delivering homes that are good for the planet and that promote healthy, independent living for older generations,” said Pincher. “The winner of this competition will set the standard for the homes of the future and all six finalists have already made an exciting contribution to the designs we will need in the UK and around the world.”

Minister for business, energy and clean growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said that making buildings greener – including by making them more energy efficient – is the next step in government plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050. These home designs “pave the way for the UK’s green homes revolution”, he added.

Helen Whately, the minister for care, also welcomed the designs, commenting that: “As the population of the UK ages, our housing and infrastructure must be adaptable to our changing needs.”

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