Dementia-friendly, sustainable-energy home complete and ready to compete in global energy competition

New South Wales Deputy Premier The Hon. John Barilaro MP today (26 July) officially opened what is believed to be Australia’s first dementia-friendly, net-zero energy house, designed and built by a team of students from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and TAFE NSW.

The Desert Rose House is a student-designed and built house that produces more energy than it uses. The house will compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, an international design and construction competition that focuses on sustainability.

Not only will the Desert Rose be a net-zero energy home in the harsh climate of the Middle East, Team UOW has set themselves the additional challenge of building a home that improves the quality of life for people living with aged-related disabilities including dementia.

It is estimated that 425,416 Australians are living with dementia in 2018, a number that is expected to more than double by 2050. Worldwide, dementia affects almost 50 million people and is predicted to grow to 131.5 million people by 2050.

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Photo Credit: UOW

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26 July, 2018