EcoHaus design challenge launched for 2014

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 and showcase exemplars of best practice

In his foreword to the Awards’ publication: Design. The key to a better place former Housing Minister The Rt.Hon. Mark Prisk commented: “By recognising and rewarding schemes and projects which reach the highest standards the British Homes Awards play an important role in championing design excellence. Even more significantly the Awards’ annual design competition actually involves our communities, inviting the public, as readers of a national newspaper, to share their views and vote on what they would like the ideal home to be.”

The 2014 challenge: EcoHaus
Win the competition – we’ll build your design
Building on this successful legacy and in partnership with AJ, the Passivhaus Trust, Kingspan Insulation and Habitat First Group (who champion design excellence and the preservation and encouragement of the natural habitat) this year’s British Homes Awards’ competition EcoHaus challenges UK architects to design an aspirational home to Passivhaus standards for a waterside site, Siverlake in Dorset (, where planning permission for 1,000 units has just been granted and this is where we’ll build your winning design.

Designed with the Passivhaus methodology, the winning design will be of stunning architectural merit, visually arresting, environmentally smart and offer a healthy environment for the occupants: a home that everyone loves. Designs are invited for both the individual home and group of homes demonstrating how private and public space at a waterfront site can be combined to enhance the community living environment and deliver an aspirational lifestyle.

Pioneered and developed in Germany, Passivhaus is the world’s leading low energy building standard, focusing 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. For further details visit

The design brief for the challenge is available to download from: and all submissions must be received by 2 May.

Call for category entries
By showcasing the very best of British homes in partnership with the Sunday Times, the Awards have established an unrivalled pedigree of championing design excellence across our built environment. In addition to the annual design competition, the Awards recognise and reward design and construction excellence within specific categories.

Entries are now invited into the ten categories featured on

Read all about it
Those shortlisted for EcoHaus or for an Award will be featured within an exclusive Sunday Times British Homes Awards supplement in June. All winning and commended schemes will be presented within a 12 page British Homes Awards supplement published within Home in September.

Gallery exhibits of the winning schemes and projects will be displayed at The Building Centre in Store Street, London and extensively featured in the 2015 edition of the award winning publication Design. The key to a better place.

All winning and commended designs will be listed on and on

The Awards presentation
The Awards will be announced at a luncheon at The London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Friday 19 September. To reserve your place please visit

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