New technologies, like Lifepod, offer companionship and caregiving support for an easier path to aging in place. Lifepod

Sustainability is at the forefront of builders minds, along with serving the large influx of boomer buyers who need and want a place to call home. New technologies are making it easier for them to stay in their home. And this unique project ties it together with sustainable features for ultimate comfort.

Construction has started on a student-designed sustainable house which will create a supportive, welcoming environment for people living with dementia and other age-related disabilities.

Team UOW Australia-Dubai will also enter the Desert Rose house into the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, an international design and construction competition that focuses on sustainability.

The team includes UOW students in the Wollongong and Dubai campuses as well as TAFE NSW students.

On Monday the two-year project to build a sustainable and dementia-friendly house at the TAFE NSW Illawarra campus, officially started.

The house’s building plans are underpinned by a set of design principles developed by UOW’s Professor Richard Fleming, based on his work with the elderly for more than 30 years, as well as innovations developed at UOW’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC).

Project manager Clayton McDowell said the Desert Rose will celebrate life by helping the elderly to live a life of enjoyment in the comfort of their own home for as long as they choose.

‘’The design aims to change the way the world views homes for the elderly with a house that is architecturally inspiring, celebrates life and demonstrates a house that is adaptable to an ageing person’s needs,’’ he said.

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