NEWS UPDATE: 28th June

We are delighted to announce The Abhaile Project as the winner of Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge (HSAUDC) 2017!

The Abhaile Project team collecting the HSAUDC 2017 trophy at Dublin Castle, 28th June, 2017.

The Abhaile Project were one of Five Commended Entries that were selected from the Round 1 Entry process for the HSAUDC 2017. After launching the challenge early this year we received a fantastic array of ideas submitted that demonstrate innovation in the design and delivery of solutions for adaptable and smart homes.

You can find a summary for each of the Five Commended Entries here or view their short video summaries by clicking the icon above.

NEWS UPDATE: 4th April

PRESS RELEASE: April 4th, 2017

Five commended entries have been selected, each to receive €10,000 award and to progress to Round 2 of the Design Challenge, with the chance to win a further €50,000.

Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal today (3 April 2017) announced the five commended entries that have been selected to enter the final round of the Rebuilding Ireland Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge. The five commended entrants will each be awarded €10,000 to help develop their ideas further over the coming months.

“Government policy is to support older people to live with dignity and independence in their own homes and communities for as long as possible”, Minister English said, “adaptable and smart homes are the future with advantages from saving energy to creating homes suitable for a lifetime.” He added that he was heartened by the level of response and quality of entries there has been to this Design Challenge: “This is a small but key element of the Rebuilding Ireland programme which presents an opportunity to develop the know-how and commercialise the knowledge of smart ageing adaptation to support vibrant, sustainable communities for all of our citizens, irrespective of age.”

“Adaptable and smart homes are the future, with advantages from saving energy to creating homes suitable for a lifetime.”

With over 60 high quality entries received from across Ireland and abroad, the five commended entrants superbly demonstrated the potential to create homes suitable for lifetime living and to create economic and social benefits for the community at large. The ideas were spread broadly across three distinct areas; smart technologies in housing for older people, adaptation of existing homes to meet the needs of older people and life-time communities.

The five commended ideas announced today are:

  • Cairdeas, a platform for lifetime communities in the Irish town;
  • Multi-Generational Homes, a design concept that would allow families to live within their community over many generations;
  • M.M, an Integrated Rooms Universal Mobile Modular product,
  • The Abhaile Project, which develops an innovative new model for older homeowners to reconfigure their family-sized homes; and
  • UrbanAge, tackling Housing/Urbanism Synergies for Smart Ageing.

“These designs point to an exciting future” said Dr. Ger Craddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, “where Universal Design principles can be applied to create products, services and solutions for the built environment. These have potential to create a lasting and positive impact on the quality of life for older people and the wider community where they live”.

Launched earlier this year by Minister English, the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge is an initiative under the Rebuilding Ireland programme (Action 2.19) and the Programme of Actions for Smart Ageing, which aims to stimulate and encourage the design and construction industries to be innovative in designing and delivering housing solutions for older people. The total Design Challenge prize fund of €100,000 is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and project managed by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.

James Hubbard, Judging Chair of the Challenge, commented “The standard of the entries was incredibly high, and shows the talent and innovative thinking out there. We need to take these ideas and help develop them through the next stage of the challenge process by giving real financial investment and expert advice. At the end of the day, this is about achieving real, lasting results that will benefit us all”.

The five commended entrants will now be asked to develop their ideas further in Round 2 of the challenge. During this stage the commended entrants will be required to build substantive proof that the principles of Universal Design have been considered and that the idea is feasible, cost effective and has the potential for mainstreaming. Round 2 entrants will also be required to make an in-person presentation to the judging panel. These presentations will take place during the week beginning 19 June 2017, with the winner announced during an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on 28 June 2017. The winner will receive a further €50,000 to help deliver on their solution.

NEWS UPDATE: 6th March

Questions Asked

The following are questions we have received from entrants and the answers given:

Q1. I am wondering if residents of the United States can enter in this competition?
Yes, this competition is open to any nationalities entering.

Q2. Can a consortium or team make an entry?
Yes they can.

Q3. And if so, can an individual be a member of more than one
entering consortium?
Yes they can. One Entry per registered entrant / email account. The entrant is registered to the Award Force system by the email address they use.

Q4. I am uncomfortable with computers, can I make an offline entry?
Yes you can. Please contact the support team at Design2017@mci-group.com for assistance and guidance on how to complete an offline entry.

If you have any questions, please contact the support team at Design2017@mci-group.com or by calling 01 280 2641 and asking for the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge Team.

NEWS UPDATE: 10th February

Example of A1 Poster in landscape

Updated Poster Instructions

Please note that the A1 Poster sample template and related information has been updated for the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge 2017.

For Entrants that prefer the option to use the A1 Poster sample template, you can download it directly here.

For Entrants that do not prefer the option to use the A1 Poster sample template, you can find related information for preparing your A1 Poster here.

If you have any questions, contact the support team at Design2017@mci-group.com

PRESS RELEASE: 31st January, 2017

Minister English speaking at launch of HSAUDC 2017
Minister English with members of the HSAUDC 2017 Steering Committee
Minister English and the HSAUDC 2017 Steering Committee

Minister Damien English launches the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge

Today (31 January 2017) Mr Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, launches the 2017 Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge. An initiative under the Rebuilding Ireland programme (Action 2.19), the challenge aims to stimulate and encourage the design and construction industries to be innovative in designing and delivering housing solutions for older people.

Speaking at today’s launch, Minister English commented on the ageing of Ireland’s population as representing one of the most significant demographic and societal developments in the years ahead. He added that, “with the number of people over the age of 65 expected to reach 1.4 million by 2041, the implications for public policy in areas such as housing, health and urban and rural planning are considerable. This challenge is aimed at harnessing novel and innovative ideas that will improve the quality of life for older persons, in the context of Rebuilding Ireland and the Programme of Actions for Smart Ageing.”

“To borrow a phrase, we want to inspire people to think differently’ commented Ger Craddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. ‘An expanding, ageing population, is a growing global challenge, but one that can be tackled through new and innovative thinking. We expect the talent in Ireland to demonstrate how simple ideas can change people’s lives and benefit society as a whole.”

While primarily of interest to designers, the competition is open to all. €100,000 worth of prizes is on offer, with five €10,000 awards for commended entries after Round 1 and the grand prize of €50,000 for the ultimate winner. The winning idea would be expected to make a significant impact on Irish society, using universal design principles to create products, services, solutions, and systems to improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland and ultimately all of us.  The winning entry should also be cost-effective, with the potential for mainstreaming, in support of smart-ageing solutions, in the areas of:

  • Smart technologies in housing for older people, and/or;
  • Adaptation of existing houses to meet the need of older people, and/or;
  • Life-time communities.

The competition was launched in the Custom House today, 31 January, and will be open for entries until the 13 March, 2017. All entries are submitted online through the website, www.homesforsmartageing-ud.com.