Roof window and rooflight maker VELUX has agreed a new partnership with UK’s Housing Design Awards 2020 competition.
Founded by the UK Government, the Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 in the same sitting of Parliament as the National Health Service, to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding. The Awards were extended to include private homes in 1960 by the then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.
Neil Freshwater from VELUX said: “VELUX was founded on a similar principle to these awards – to create healthier indoor climates to improve the health of occupants – and so it is a great privilege to join with the Awards in partnership.
“Throughout our 75-year history, our passion has been bringing healthy indoor environments using daylight and fresh air, and at the heart of this are homes which are well designed with the end-user in mind. These awards promote all that is good about housing design.”
The Awards are uniquely promoted by all five major professional institutions – RICS, RIBA, RTPI, Landscape Institute and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
The judging panel includes world experts in their field, from planning to design, respected here in the UK and overseas. Entry income is spent on assessment, then on showcasing ideas to government and industry.
Gareth Capner, Chair of the House Design Awards added: “VELUX and the Housing Design Awards are each into their eighth decade of promoting homes which are healthy to live in and that optimise indoor comfort. It is timely that these two venerable organisations will work together to find examples of housing environments that support healthier outcomes and to share this learning. Prevention is always better than cure.”