Joey Gardiner - Housing Today
BRE to administer competition
The government has launched a competition to for architects and housing providers to design homes of the future fit to tackle the problems of clean growth and an ageing society.
The Homes of 2030 competition is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Department of Health and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, targeting two of the governments designated “grand challenges” – to halve energy use in buildings and allow people an extra five years of healthy independent life.
Raise Quality of Housing Design
The competition to devise home plans that raise the quality of housing design is to be administered by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), RIBA Competitions, the Design Council and education charity MOBIE.
Initial Innovation Challenge
The competition will start with an Innovation Challenge, now open to entry, after which a Design and Delivery competition, which will see consortia assembled to produce and showcase the housing solutions prior to mainstream adoption.
The BRE said that competition designs will be evaluated against a range of criteria including scalability, sustainability, accessibility and durability, with affordability and health integration also key factors. Designs will also be expected to feature innovation and individual product and component level.
Alan Somerville, head of building performance group at BRE, said: “We need to ensure that homes can positively impact people’s lives and communities and adapt to changing needs resulting from developments such asan ageing society. Home of 2030 is an exciting opportunity to show how homes should be designed for the future.”
For more details
of the competition, visit www.homeof2030.com
Then contact Professor Dr. Michael Benfield to see how we can help you to win!
DfMA Can Help
DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly will certainly be at the fore for whoever wins this competition. Taking this approach to any project means engaging with the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.
Partnering for Progress
All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced available by established ‘Off-Site’ manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.