The British Homes Awards

The Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards

In partnership with the National Centre for Excellence in HousingBRE (Building Research Establishment)Building DesignReal Estate TV and VELUX, the Awards challenged architects on the register of the ARB and homebuilders to create an eco-sensitive design for tomorrow’s mainstream house type. Working to a brief developed in consultation with RIBA, that has addressed today’s critical environmental issues and encouraged the use of innovative products and technologies, architects were invited to present their design solutions. The nine most imaginative and deliverable designs short-listed by The Panel of Judges, chaired by Michael Manser, CBE, RA, PPRIBA and Chairman of The Manser Practice, together with the winning design GREEN HOUSE, which can be viewed by clicking this link.

Readers of The Mail on Sunday, who published a supplement on the short-listed candidates on April 29, voted for GREEN HOUSE, which was announced by RIBA President Jack Pringle at the Award’s presentation on May 31 2007 at The London Marriott, Grosvenor Square where GAUNT FRANCIS ARCHITECTS received a £5000 prize presented by VELUX.

Recognising that the winning design will become a benchmark prototype for our future high density housing, GREEN HOUSE has been built on the BRE Innovation Park at Garston, by Britain’s Premier House-Builder, Barratt Homes, to attain Code Level 6 to become the UK’s first stamp duty exempt house from a major house builder, .

It was opened by Housing and Planning Minister Caroline Flint in May 2008.

Click here to download the National Centre for Excellence in Housing press release.

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