Public to pick best smart home
Sunday Times launches designs for the future competition
Six concept designs for a smart home of the future have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2012, and the general public has been invited to choose the winner. The public can vote for their favourite design via the Sunday Times website.
The competition asked designers to create a home that incorporates integrated, interoperable solutions for digital monitoring and control. The winning design will be built and displayed at the 2013 Ideal Home Show in London, and then moved to the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, where it will undergo a programme of monitoring. The awards are organised in association with BRE, the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBE KTN) and the Building Centre.
The shortlisted entries are:
- Pentan Partnership’s S, M, L home, which is made from five shipping containers stacked, insulated and clad in zinc and timber, and incorporates a range of controls.
- Meadowcroft Griffin Architects’ Flexi Home, a zero carbon home with solar panels, a ground source heat pump and iPad-run home monitoring
- Architect 8’s Responsive House, which uses panelised construction and incorporates such features as automated shutters.
- More Design’s upside-down configured Our House, which boasts solar thermal panels, grey water recycling and a smartphone-run home control system.
- Deverill-Jenkins Architects’ The Stromal House, a home with a glazed, energy-generating staircase and photovoltaic cladding. Energy use, appliances, security and ventilation are controlled through a single system.
- White Arkiteckter’s Street Smart, an off-site manufactured home that can be controlled by a single system, accessible both in and out of the house.
Voting is open till midnight on 13 August. To vote in the competition, click here.
The winning scheme will be announced in an awards ceremony in London in September.