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The former Housing and Planning Minister acknowledged the pivotal role played by The British Homes Awards in providing the catalyst for innovation in the way we design and construct our homes, showcasing exemplars of best practice.
These have inspired house builders and architects to respond to the challenges involved in creating carbon neutral homes and have been the genesis of initiatives such as AIM C4.
All schemes presented on this site are submissions into the British Homes Awards’ annual design competition and are designed by the UK’s leading architects.
The concepts submitted for the annual competition provide an online resource to help you find an appropriate architect and a wealth of innovative design ideas and solutions.
2014 – EcoHaus
The 2014 design competition- “EcoHaus”- challenged architects to design an aspirational home to passivhaus standards for a waterside house owned by the Habitat First Group.
From the 32 designs submitted, the panel of judges, chaired byProfessor Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture, short-listed 8:
- The Boardwalk House: NPS Leeds with Barron and Smith Architects
- COR3 Living: Shelton Hawkins
- naust[haus]: Artform Architects
- passivPOD: koru architects
- Sun Drop: Fluid achitecture
- The Tree House: Jon Broome Architects
- Wasserhaus: BrightSpace Architects
- Wrap-Around Haus: Stride Treglown
Pioneered and developed in Germany Passivhaus is the world’s leading low energy building standard, focussing on the building fabric combined with high levels of insulation and optimal solar gain. Excellent indoor air quality together with high levels of heat recovery are achieved with advanced heat recovery ventilation systems that transfer heat from outgoing stale air to fresh air coming into the house.
The Boardwalk House by Leeds based architects NPS was declared the winning design at the Awards presentation luncheon on Friday 19 September at The London Marriott, Grosvenor Square.
In response to the Future Homes Commission report “Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs” (October 2012) which called for a design competition for a flexible home that meets consumer needs and can be replicated at scale, the 2013 competition in partnership with Homebase, BRE, The New Homes Marketing Board challenged architects to design “Britain’s Future Home.”
It is planned that the winning design “Lifetime dwelle.ing” will be built by the Habitat First Group on their Lower Mill Estate.
The British Homes Awards will continue to provide the inspiration for innovation in the way we design and construct our homes, and in the process recognise, endorse and showcase exemplars of best practice.
The 2012 competition – Tomorrow’s Smart:Home- challenged architects to design integrated, inter-operable solutions that demonstrate the application of digital monitoring and intelligent control systems in the home. From a short-list of six exemplary schemes the readers of The Sunday Times voted Pentan Partnership’s SML Home as their winning design.
In partnership with RIBA, BRE and The New Homes Marketing Board the 2011 competition challenged architects to create the 21st century’s answer to the classical Regency and Georgian terraced town house- incorporating environmental technologies to attain Code Level 4.
From the 24 designs submitted, the panel of judges, chaired by Past President of RIBA, Sunand Prasad, short-listed 5:
- The Eco Wrap: Grayscale architecture + design
- The Stack House: Design ACB
- A House and a half: Urban Salon
- The New London Terrace: Moxon Architects
- Santiago: Alex & Edward: Architects
The winning scheme, Santiago, was announced by RIBA President Angela Brady at the presentation of the British Homes Awards on September 22nd.
Designed by father and son team Alex and Edward King, Santiago was one of the three Show Houses within the 2012 Ideal Home Show Village at Earls Court.
Recognising that our homes are responsible for the creation of 27% of carbon emissions and in partnership with The Gentoo Group and the National Refurbishment Centre, the 2010 British Homes Awards went retro, challenging architects to submit their innovative retrofit design solutions for a terrace of four 1960s houses in Sunderland.
The 5 designs short-listed will inspire the energy efficient refurbishment of our existing housing stock and the winner “Green for Life ” by Hess Kincaid Leach was announced by RIBA President Ruth Reed at the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize.
In association with CLG, Help the Aged and NHBC, the 2009 British Homes Awards addressed the challenge of housing for our ageing population, inviting designs for a Lifetime Home. The panel of Judges, chaired by RIBA President Sunand Prasad, short-listed 7 designs which were presented for reader vote. “Sunnyside-up house”, designed by Kosi Architects, attracted over 12,000 votes and was announced the winning design.
The 2008 British Homes Awards continued to pioneer best practice in the drive towards low and zero carbon housing. In association with its key partners – BRE, MBE KTN and RIBA – in collaboration with Crest Nicholson, architects were challenged to design tomorrow’s sustainable Lifestyle Home to achieve Code Level 4. Multiple units of the winning design- The Avanti House- are now being built by Crest Nicholson at a site in Epsom, Surrey, with alternative construction and heating and ventilation technologies to facilitate research initiatives.
In partnership with NHBC and the Building Research Establishment the 2007 British Homes Awards launched a design competition for the zero carbon Home for the Future.
The winning design, Green House by Gaunt Francis Architects, has since been built on the BRE Innovation Park by Britain’s premier house builder, Barratt Developments. Designed and constructed to attain Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes it was officially opened in 2008 as the first stamp duty exempt house from a major housebuilder.