Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

Launched on 3rd of December 2009 by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), in partnership with Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Department of Health, the HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) report calls for positive action in response to the UK’s ageing population.

With the number of over 60 year-olds projected to increase by 7 million over the next 25 years and much of the UK’s existing housing stock inaccessible or unsuitable, the lack of good quality homes for older people is a real concern.

The value of good design allows older people to stay at home for longer, avoiding falls and related treatment. HAPPI recommends specific components for the design of housing for older people which mirror the internal domestic environment of the housing industry in Europe, where apartment homes are a conventional part of urban culture. In Europe, older people experience the benefits of greater security and less maintenance, and enjoy the conviviality of shared space. Homes for older people should be at the heart of existing places and communities.

A consultant team comprising Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, Levitt Bernstein Associates and Design for Homes, were appointed to ensure that the panel were fully briefed on the key issues, as well as the broad area of study, and supported through best practice precedents and site visits.
To download the report, go to:  (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation)