Enware supporting University of Wollongong in their Desert Rose – a house for life project

A State of the art home designed to enable greater opportunity for independence and aging at home...

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. During the final phase of the competition teams assemble and present their houses to the general public.

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 house, named Desert Rose after an iconic flower that flourishes in challenging environments, celebrates the life of its occupants regardless of their physical capabilities, from the very active and capable through to those experiencing aged-related disabilities such as early stage dementia.

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.

The Desert Rose house has 3 main goals:

  • Change the way the world views homes for the elderly by designing a house that is architecturally inspiring, celebrates life and demonstrates a house that is adaptable to an aging person’s needs.
  • Reduce the stress placed on health services by including intelligent design that supports independent living for occupants suffering from aged-related disabilities and diseases including dementia.
  • Provide an innovative HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system that utilises solar cooling technology and takes advantage of passive design where energy efficiency is just the beginning.

The house has been designed with smart technology and will grow and adapt to the occupants needs as they age. Our research & design team have been working with team UOW to create & design new systems that incorporate existing products that are easily accessible. They have also been collaborating with team UOW to develop new ways of thinking that will better help them achieve the 3 main goals of the Desert House.

We have proudly supplied tapware and sanitary ware designed to enable this greater independence for the aging, as well as incorporating our Smart Flow™ Intelligent Water Management. Construction has just started at the TAFE NSW Illawarra campus.

Check out this one minute video explaining more about the Desert Rose project.

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