Home of 2030
We've entered the Home of 2030 competition!
We researched the client, the government, to design their perfect home! We looked at their habits, the way they treat their home, going back a decade. We've presented our design and the timeline that formed it, as a VR exhibition in Mozilla Hubs. As former Housing Minister Esther McVey put it, we have used "this new way of doing it, 3D architects ... 3D visionaries ... doing it on a computer."
Our first step in designing the Home of 2030 was to research the client, the UK Government and its Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Designing someone’s home is a big responsibility, we wanted to make sure to avoid any assumption as to what you would like to see in the design. Reading the brief was not enough for us, we wanted to study the context and client properly.
We believe that to design a client’s perfect home, architects need to run a pre-occupancy evaluation. We might notice behaviours that the client has not, or something that they have not told us, and design accordingly. We have researched the past decade of Government habits and studied the way the you treat your home. We are confident that we have found the design that suits you. Please read on for our study.
The BAU-house is your home. Do nothing, Business As Usual seems to suit you just fine. It’s inspired by your decade of inaction, even counterproductive action, in the face of a rising tide of climate crisis reports, real visible impacts and popular protest.
Wake up in the morning with the peace of mind that you have done your part in reducing upfront embodied carbon by building nothing. Even better, make the most of the time saved without retrofitting to kick back and relax. DIY was never your strong suit. As you mentioned in conversation, your grandchildren are happy to pick up the costs. We haven’t asked them, but we’ll take your word for it.
In Winter, crank the heating on full while wearing a t-shirt, woollen jumpers are too itchy anyway. Perhaps open a window for some fresh air. Whatever the weather, whatever is happening outside, ignore it. An Englishman’s home is his castle. Do as you please, you’ve earned it. No one can call you a hypocrite in this house. Just remember to close that window as the tides keep rising.
1988: IPCC founded
July 2005: Gordon Brown launches the Stern Review.
October 2006: Stern Review published - its findings say that acting on climate change would cost 1% of global GDP but inaction could damage from 20% of global GDP upwards. Business as usual continues.
May 2010: PM David Cameron announces “Greenest Government Ever”.
July 2010: UK Government ceases funding for Sustainable Development Commission.
November 2012: Green investment bank launched by the coalition government.
January 2013: Government removes the requirement to include the first page of the Energy Performance Certificate information with any written particulars for the sale or rent of a building.
March 2014: Code for Sustainable Homes scrapped: categories and issues lost in the replacement building regulations include: Energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials and life cycle, pollution and ecology. Some elements of these were included, but only optional rather than mandatory. Surface water and flood risk included as optional. Only security was included as regulation, according to the BRE.
March 2015: IPCC AR5 Synthesis Report launched.
June 2015: Amber Rudd announces the end of subsidies for onshore wind.
June 2015: Government sell off 70%, 1.4bn, of their own Green Investment Bank to recoup debt. Conservative think tank Bright Blue condemn the move.
July 2015: Zero carbon homes plan scrapped. A decade of planning to make all homes after 2016 carbon neutral is wasted.
July 2015: Government scraps solar subsidies for installations that power less than the equivalent of 2500 homes. This would only save 50p of the average electricity bill. The feed-in tariff cut, which had provided state support for roof top solar panels.
July 2015: Removal of a guaranteed level of RO subsidy. This had supported fossil fueled power stations in conversion to biomass.
July 2015: Flagship green deal scheme for home energy efficiency scrapped. No replacement issued, no policy for energy efficiency. Homes constituted a third of the UK’s carbon emissions in 2015.
July 2015: Government weakens tax breaks for greener cars. From 2017, according to the Guardian, a “Porsche will be taxed the same as a Prius”, after their first year.
July 2015: Amber Rudd U-turns, to allow fracking in Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
December 2015: U.K signs Paris Climate Accords.
December 2015: UK announces 65% cut to renewable energy subsidies.
January 2016: Defra report shows the government fails to meet its own environment targets, on all counts.
January 2018: Theresa May launches a 25 year environment plan by stating we must leave the environment in a better state than we found it”.
June 2018: Government rejects funding for £1.3bn Swansea tidal lagoon, which would be used to develop new sources of renewable energy.
June 2018: Commons back government plan to build a third runway at Heathrow by 296 votes. Boris Johnson was on a plane at the time.
September 2018: Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO) funding ended. This scheme obliged the largest energy suppliers to pay for residents in older houses to increase efficiency, including insulation installation.
October 2018: IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees.
February 2019: UK’s homes declared “not fit for the future” by the Committee on Climate Change.
February 2019: 30 MPs show up to first Carbon Neutrality Debate in Westminster, 620 MPs do not.
April 2019: XR Occupies London.
May 2019: U.K. Government Declares a Climate Emergency.
June 2019: RIBA declare a Climate Emergency.
June 2019: Legally Binding Net Zero 2050 Target Set for U.K.
July 2019: CCC Report to Parliament Shows Catastrophic Failure to Act at All. England is not prepared for a 2C rise, let alone 4C. Only a small number of firms have plans for the minimum of 2C, 12 out of 33 sectors have no climate plans at all. None of 33 priority areas are prepared to reduce risk from the crisis.
The government has only delivered a single policy from the CCC’s 2018 recommendations. Only 7 of 24 indicators of progress were satisfactory in 2018. 50% higher reduction of emissions is needed than before. Current plans will miss the fourth and fifth carbon budgets in the 2020s.
September 2019: Boris Johnson pledges to “do extraordinary things on the environment”.
September 2019: H ousing Minister, Esther McVey reveals that architects have “this new way of doing it, 3D architects... 3D visionaries... doing it with it on a computer”.
October 2019: XR occupies Westminster.
November 2019: Unearthed and the Financial Times find that the UK is on course to miss environmental targets in the next decade. This includes air pollution, overshooting carbon emissions in late 2020s.
The UK missed its water pollution target of 2015 and is likely to miss it in 2021. The UK will miss the 1 million tree planting target set for 2020, then pushed back to 2022. All 2020 biodiversity targets set to be missed. Household recycling rates stagnating, short of the 2020 target, fishing targets for 2020 scrapped earlier by May’s government.
February 2020: RIBA and others declare that the Future Homes Standard is not ambitious enough. Sadiq Khan slates the government for implementing the policy of “climate delayers”. A scrap of fabric energy efficiency, no power to local authorities to exceed energy efficiency standards, no real performance measurement, and no regulation of embodied carbon.
February 2020: Court of Appeal rules that the Heathrow expansion sought by ministers would not be compliant with their own legal obligations under the Paris Agreement.
March 2020: UK Housing Minister Christopher Pincher launches the Home of 2030 design competition.
May 2020: Met Office warns “the human fingerprint is everywhere”. By 2050, a 60 year old is likely to be living in a UK that is 1.2C warmer than when they were born.
May 2020: UK Government proposal to ban combustible materials includes safe structural timber that is necessary to reduce embodied carbon, review pending.