The Sunday Times British Homes Awards has selected the recipient for its Resilient Home for the Future Award: "A Home for All Seasons" by JTP Architects and environmental design specialist Ed Barsley. JTP and Ed Barsley's proposal was chosen from four other entries by means of a public vote. Competition requirements asked for designs to respond to potential flooding and overheating — two of climate change's impending variables.
We wanted to put forward a scheme with a long-term design life. As such, the elevated living areas and causeway in the ‘Home for All Seasons’ ensure residents remain safe, connected and can quickly recover from a flood event, said Barsley.
As technology improves, so too must architectural strategies. “A Home for All Seasons” considers physical resilience in addition to social and economic longevity. Low tech, practical solutions — like a smartphone app that warns inhabitants of approaching floods — helped the team win. Living areas and power utilities are also located on the first floor to allow water to flow out from the ground floor.
Flooding is on Britain’s radar. With a 20-30% more heavy rainfall predicted and 5.5 million British homes in danger of rising water levels, it's imperative that houses are built to resist the statistics.
While the awards honor the most innovative and talented project, they also select a team based on the project as a buildable solution. The design proposal also seems feasible due to its cost-effectiveness.
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