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Homes for Smart Ageing
Universal Design Challenge

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Adaptable and smart homes will be the future in the developed world with advantages from saving energy to creating homes suitable for a lifetime.

The Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge (HSAUDC) is an open call for ideas that can demonstrate innovation in the design and delivery of solutions for adaptable and smart homes.

HSAUDC offers up to €100,000 in prizes.

The overarching objective of the HSAUDC is to develop ideas that will improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland in the context of Action 2.19 of the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and the Programme of Actions for Smart Ageing.

In this regard, the HSAUDC invites entries from anyone with a novel and inventive idea that can be further presented as a solution; that is feasible, cost effective and has the potential for mainstreaming into the future in support of smart ageing solutions in the three distinct areas of:

  • smart technologies in housing for older people, and/or;

  • adaptation of existing houses to meet the needs of older people, and/or;

  • life-time communities

Ideas must be submitted by the deadline of 12:00 noon on 13th March 2017. To qualify, entries will be screened for eligibility and completeness against the Entry Requirements.

Qualifying ideas will be scored by a Judging Panel against the Round 1 Evaluation Criteria.

Adaptable and smart homes will be the future in the developed world with advantages from saving energy, to creating homes suitable for a lifetime

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Rebuilding Ireland is an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, designed to accelerate housing supply in Ireland through practical and readily implementable set of actions such as stimulating and encouraging the design and construction industries to be innovative in designing and delivering housing solutions for older people.

€100,000 in prizes, with a €50,000 grand prize winner and five €10,000 prizes

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

People regardless of age, size, ability or disability are positively contributing to the social, economic and cultural life of our communities. Finding suitable homes that can accommodate our needs over time is a real challenge – whether for families with children, a person with a temporary or permanent injury, someone with a disability, or an older person living independently. Universal Design meets everyone’s needs through flexible homes designed to adapt to lifecycle and lifestyle patterns of people over time.

Inspiring people to think differently about better quality homes for everyone

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Smart Ageing

Smart ageing is a broad concept that has been defined as ‘using technology and innovation in both the public and private sectors to produce products, services, solutions, and systems to improve the quality of life of people ages 50 and over’.

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Universal Design

Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment, including public places, so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

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Design Challenge

HSAUDC is an open call for ideas that can demonstrate innovation in the design and delivery of solutions for adaptable and smart homes. The objective is to develop ideas that will improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland.

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This is an initiative of the Government of Ireland

The Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge 2017 was launched by Minister Damien English. Read more here