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Western Australia announces affordable housing competition

The Shoreline development

In brief: Western Australia’s land and development agency LandCorp is calling on the state’s architects, designers and builders to enter its Step Up Affordable Housing Design Competition, which aims to find innovative approaches to medium and high density housing.

“Step Up will encourage industry partners, including designers, developers, builders and architects, to think outside the box and test the boundaries of current practices,” WA lands minister Terry Redman said.

“LandCorp will work with industry partners to make a significant contribution to the affordable housing challenge and create opportunities that improve housing diversity and choice.”

Mr Redman said the government had to plan for the 3.5 million people in the Perth and Peel region by 2050, part of which was finding how to increase affordable housing in the metro area.

The competition will feature three design phases with the winning entry to be constructed at LandCorp’s Shoreline development at Cockburn Coast.

Judging criteria includes the use of climate responsive design, innovative materials and products to achieve high levels of energy and water efficiency, and measures that reduce ongoing running costs.

“Entries will be judged on their level of cost-effective, practical design solutions and how they optimise new building technologies without compromising liveability and design quality,” he said.

Landcorp previously ran a comp to create affordable housing that would appeal to “Gen Y” homebuyers in 2014, with the winner built at White Gum Valley.

Submissions for Design Phase One close at 2pm on 31 August 2016.

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