Enware and UOW create dementia-friendly house of the future

Enware is proudly supporting the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in their Desert Rose – a house for life project through sponsorship and the involvement of our research & design team in creating and designing sustainable solutions. 

The Desert Rose project is UOW’s submission to the Solar Decathlon Middle East, an international competition that challenges collegiate teams from all over the world to design and build a solar-powered house that is cost-effective and attractive. The house is currently being assembled in Wollongong but will be disassembled, packed up in shipping containers and flown off to Dubai to be reassembled for the solar competition.

Like Australia, many parts of the world are currently experiencing the effects of an ageing population due to higher life expectancy and a declining fertility rate. This challenges economic, health and housing services and will increase through this century. The Desert Rose house will address these stresses, providing an affordable and sustainable house that encompasses the needs of older people as they continue to age. The University of Wollongong is the only team from the Southern Hemisphere competing and the house is designed for the climate of Dubai or Australia.

Enware's Smart Flow™ Intelligent Water Management system was integrated into the Desert Rose house to enable aged users to safely access water as well as improve water efficiency and temperature control. 

Research is the key to our design journey over the years. One of the most important factors we have identified in relation to designing for the aged care industry is utilising Colour Contrast.

 Enware has specifically designed digital taps to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and aged-related disabilities. The digital taps feature lights to remind occupants to wash their hands, which also include automatic 'off' functions, temperature controls to prevent scolding, and can be easily turned for people with weak hand strength. The use of bright contrasting colours that are also familiar visually brings objects forward and highlight elements allowing aging users to more easily complete daily tasks.

The entire house incorporates a 'line of sight' design that makes it easier for a person to navigate through their home, while wider doors accommodate wheelchairs, scooters and hospital beds for in-home care. Lights can be turned off using voice activation, so people don't have to get out of bed at night, while family can keep an eye on a loved one and make sure appliances are switched off with access to mobile control of the house.

The aim of the project is to inspire building industries across the globe by demonstrating that it is possible to construct houses that are stylish, affordable, comfortable, and sustainable whilst encompassing the changing needs of an ageing population.

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