The British Homes Awards have been pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the creation of our new homes. The entries for the Home for the Future design competition in 2007 demonstrated that zero carbon housing is not only achievable but can also be aspirational. Voted the competition winner, the Gaunt Francis Architects’ designed Green House was built by Barratt Developments as the first Code Level 6 home from a major house-builder with the potential for mass production that would qualify for stamp duty exemption.
This year’s competition – “EcoHaus”- has challenged UK architects to design an aspirational home to Passivhaus standards for a waterside site owned by the Habitat First Group. And the winning design, as voted by readers of The Sunday Times from the short-list selected by the Panel of Judges chaired by Professor Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture, will be built at one of the waterside sites owned by the Habitat First Group.