Future-proofed homes

Our homes were designed for a world which no longer exists. Older populations, hotter climate: we must retrofit and adapt our buildings.
Our New Magazine – Connected Places
How is digital twin technology changing how we think about everything from cities to railway stations? How will the third age of flight change our skies and the airports of the future? And how are UK cities thinking out of the box to fund net zero investment?
Episode 05
Housing and Wellbeing
So this week we’ll be asking, “What now for housing and wellbeing? And where might the opportunities lie for innovation in how we imagine, design and build the homes of the future?” In this fifth episode of Connected Places, Professor Greg Clark speaks to Alexandra Notay, Director of Placemaking & Investment at PfP Capital about […]
Episode 09
Health is made at home, a conversation with Lord Nigel Crisp
We’ll be exploring the question of living a healthy life, not just in terms of avoiding sickness and disease, but creating health where we live, far away from the hospital ward. Where are the opportunities for innovation in how we imagine and create healthier homes and communities? What’s the role of government, public health institutions, […]
Episode 10
Do you want to live to 100? A conversation with Professor Lynda Gratton
During the episode, they’ll be exploring what we need to do now if we are to live to 100. What do businesses, policy makers and place leaders need to be thinking about healthy ageing now, as we prepare for the age of longevity? Where are the opportunities for innovation in how we imagine and shape […]
Homes for Healthy Ageing: supporting SMEs to tackle Social Isolation and Cold and Damp Homes
Social isolation and damp, cold homes disproportionately affect our ageing population in the UK. Over 1.4 million older people are ‘often lonely’ and a significant proportion of ‘excess deaths’ which occur during winter can be traced to cold and damp homes.   These are the challenges which Connected Places Catapult are tackling with our first two testbeds in the Homes for Healthy […]
Sunderland issues challenge to combat cold and damp housing
Sunderland will begin testing new solutions to tackle cold and damp housing in a trial from November onwards. The city, together with Belfast, has been chosen by Connected Places Catapult to find innovative solutions for its £2.5-million programme, Homes for Healthy Ageing. The cities will each receive funding of £50,000 to support their testbeds. “People […]
What are councils learning about older people and technology?
Wariness of new technologies, amongst both elderly people and their carers, are common challenges that councils are addressing to support older people in their communities. There’s a lot we can learn from their efforts.
Testbed locations announced for Homes for Healthy Ageing trials
Connected Places Catapult is pleased to announce Sunderland City Council and a Northern Ireland consortium as the first two location partners in its Homes for Healthy Ageing Programme.
Forever Living Homes Industry Day Advances Home-based Solutions to Support Safe, Independent Living
A cohort of innovative SMEs met with major housing association Places for People at a Connected Places Catapult Industry Day on 10th March, to help develop a vision for homes that support safer, more independent living. The event is part of a project the Catapult is delivering in partnership with Places for People to develop […]
Forever Living Homes: SME cohort joins the project’s Industry Day
We are delighted to have selected a cohort of 15 SMEs for our Forever Living Homes sponsored project with Places for People. The SMEs will be invited to join an Industry Day on the 10th March to pitch to our client, for an opportunity to showcase their residential housing solutions and explore ways to tackle […]
Housing Retrofit Roadmap Shares First Steps to Net-Zero
Our homes use roughly 30% of the UK’s energy and cause 18% of our carbon emissions. Reducing these numbers will play a huge part in achieving our 2050 targets, but how do we get there?
New report charts way forward for healthy ageing
As we age, we are more likely to be faced with age-related conditions such as frailty, dementia or functional loss. Ageing healthily is about prolonging wellbeing.
Healthy ageing and the importance of our homes
With its rapidly ageing population, the failure to provide enough age-friendly homes is fast becoming a further facet to the housing crisis in the UK. To tackle this we need a better understanding of ageing and the challenges it poses to our housing infrastructure.
How artificial intelligence will change the face of housing
Scott Summers, CEO of Fuzzlab, a UK tech company that specialises in delivering AI products and services into the housing sector. In this guest blog as part of our Future of Housing series, Scott tries to anticipate how innovation in artificial intelligence will influence the future of housing, our future cities and how we operate […]
Smart homes: digital revolution is turning homes into data hubs
Using software and online services to run commercial properties is fast becoming the norm and modern office buildings have become machine-like in their complexity, with commercial facilities managers using software and data analysis to run them. In this instalment of the Future of Housing guest blog series, Nigel Walley, Founder & MD of Chimni, considers […]
It’s time to build homes fit for ageing generations now
We are living longer than ever, but many of us are not getting the most out of these extra years. While, for some people, later years are a time of prosperity and good health, a significant proportion of people are coping with multiple health and mobility problems. In this article, as part of our Future […]