Master Builders and the Australian Government Department of Social Services are calling for entries in the 2015 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award which recognises excellence in building and the industry’s role in developing innovative housing options for older Australians.

Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said “According to the 2015 Intergenerational Report the number of Australians aged 65 and over is projected to more than double by 2055. It is vital that the specific housing needs of this growing sector of population are not overlooked.  The National Lifestyle Housing Award acknowledges best practice in design and construction, and aims to foster a greater awareness of healthy ageing supported with the benefits of innovative and adaptable housing.”

“The Australian Government Department of Social Services’ continuing support for the Award highlights the importance of creating age-friendly environments that help people to stay in their homes longer to maintain their independence” 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 and may include dwellings that are set within a complex that provides complementary facilities to support the lifestyle of the residents.

The 2015 Australian Government 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 on the Gold Coast in November.

Master Builders invites builders to nominate their project for the 2015 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award. Submissions close 21 August 2015.