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    Awards program to honour builders for creating age friendly homes

    Master Builders Association is calling for entries to the 2014 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award. 

    Supported by the Department of Social Services, the awards program recognises excellence in building and the industry’s role in developing innovative housing options for older Australians.

    Master Builders Australia CEO Wilhelm Harnisch underlines the need to build housing that suits the changing needs of ageing residents.

    “As our population ages, we need to build housing that suits the changing needs of ageing residents. The National Lifestyle Housing Award acknowledges best practice in design and construction, and aims to foster a greater awareness of healthy ageing with the benefits of innovative and adaptable housing,” says Harnisch. 

    He adds that the Department of Social Services’ support for the initiative highlights the importance of creating age-friendly environments.

    “The Department of Social Services’ continuing support for the Award highlights the importance of creating age-friendly environments that maintain and, indeed, improve the health and wellbeing of Australians of all ages,” he said.

    The Award is divided into two categories: owner-occupied purpose built detached dwellings and multi-unit developments. The Awards are limited to Class 1 and 2 buildings but may include dwellings set within a complex that provides complementary facilities to support the lifestyle of the residents.

    The 2014 Department of Social Services National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award will be presented at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards Dinner to be held at Parliament House in Canberra in November.

    Master Builders invites builders to nominate their project for the 2014 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award. Submissions close 22 August 2014. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Master Builders website.

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