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Sunday Times award calls for Passivhaus waterside home ideas

The British Homes Award 2014 challenges architects to design a low-carbon dwelling for £350,000

The Sunday Times British Homes Award, run in partnership with the AJ, has launched this year’s contest to design a Passivhaus, waterside holiday home

Open to all registered architects in the UK and Ireland, the competition is calling for groundbreaking ideas for an ‘architecturally distinguished’ three to five-bedroom detached house.

Entrants into the contest, which is backed by Habitat First Group, Passivhaus Trust and Kingspan Insulation, must come up with a 200m² home of up to three storeys. It must also include calculations using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) showing how the house will efficiently use energy and meet the low-carbon standard.

The build cost of the ‘EcoHaus’ should be less than £350,000, and architects are encouraged to ‘embrace innovative concepts and products while ensuring their design is buildable and replicable’.

According to the brief: ‘The winning design will present a new model for lifestyle living. It will be of stunning architectural merit, environmentally smart and offer a healthy environment for the occupants.’

The judging panel will include AJ editorial director Paul Finch, Adam Architecture director Robert Adam, past-president of the RIBA Michael Manser and last year’s winner Ric Frankland, director at Dwelle.

A shortlist of up to 10 schemes will be announced in May, with The Sunday Times readers casting the final winning vote.

Last year, the Future Home contest was won by Dwelle. The contest gave architects an opportunity to respond to the challenge laid down in the RIBA 2012 Future Homes Commission report ‘Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs’, asking them to come up with a flexible home that could be replicated at scale.

Manchester-based Dwelle won the prize for its range of flexible, prefabricated housing units which can also achieve Passivhaus standards, while Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, HTA, waparchitects, Snug and Studio Dare were all shortlisted. 

The deadline for registration for this year’s contest is 28 March and submissions are due by 2 May.

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