In his foreword to the awards’ publication Design. The key to a better place Housing Minister The Rt. Hon. Kris Hopkins MP commented:
“The British Homes Awards continue to demonstrate the most imaginative and innovative designs, which inspire the creation of beautiful homes built to high environmental standards using the latest technologies. This year’s competition in conjunction with the Passivhaus Trust will offer an opportunity to challenge architects to design a family home to energy efficient standards. I very much look forward to seeing all the submissions later this year.”
Challenging convention and inspiring innovation the British Homes Awards have been pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the way we design and construct our homes and in the process recognise, endorse and showcase exemplars of best practice.
The EcoHaus challenge
Building on this successful legacy and in partnership with the AJ, the Passivhaus Trust, Kingspan Insulation, Viessmann and Habitat First Group (who champion design excellence and the pre-servation and encouragement of the natural habitat), this year’s British Homes Awards’ competition – EcoHaus – challenged UK architects to design an aspirational family home to Passivhaus standards for a waterside site owned by the Habitat First Group.
Chaired by Professor Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture, the panel of judges have shortlisted eight concepts which are now on display until the end of July in an exhibition at the Building Centre, Store Street, London.
- Naust (Haus) – Artform Architects
- Wasserhaus – Brightspace Architects
- Sundrop – Fluid Design
- COR3 Living – Shelton Hawkins Architects with Matthew Barnes
- The Tree House – Jon Broome Architects
- Passivpod – Koru Architects
- The Boardwalk House – NPS Leeds
- Wrap-around-Haus – Stride Treglown Architects
These designs were presented for reader vote within Sunday Times Home on 22 June and the design that secures the highest number of votes will be developed by the Habitat First Group at one of their UK sites. See and vote for your favourite at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/bha until 31 July.
Widely regarded as the industry’s most respected accolade, The Sunday Times British Homes Awards Homebuilder of the Year is awarded to the homebuilder or developer whose portfolio of entries across the awards’ categories demonstrate a single minded focus and commitment to sustainable regeneration, the establishment of new communities, strong architectural design and landscaping, innovative construction methods and build quality and finally environmental initiatives. Shortlisted for this prestigious Award:
- Barratt Developments
- Berkeley Homes
- Crest Nicholson
- Grainger Plc
- St Edward
- Telford Homes
The Homebuilder of the Year and all category winners, together with the winning EcoHaus design, will be announced at the presentation of the 2014 British Homes Awards at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Friday 19 September and will feature within a 12-page British Homes Awards supplement published within The Sunday Times Home on 28 September.
See Great Designs Building a Better Britain at www.britishhomesawards.co.uk/shortlist