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Healthy & Safe Homes

THE VISIONEERS 2016 SUMMIT HAS CONCLUDED. WE APPLAUD ALL OF THE 2016 VISIONEERS TEAMS FOR PRESENTING VIABLE, POTENTIAL XPRIZE CONCEPTS.

We seek to grow living and adaptable buildings that make us well

The Healthy Homes Visioneers Team seeks to trigger a paradigm shift in the way houses are built in the 21st century. Current construction methods are wasteful, energy intensive and usually involve building materials that negatively impact human health. By merging together the domains of the physical, the digital and the biological, the challenge seeks solutions that address this problem at its root ensuring truly healthy and sustainable buildings in the near future.

“Imagine buildings that grow into fully inhabitable structures that can heal, generate energy and clean the air.”

- TEAM HEALTHY & SAFE HOMES

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People spend up to 90 percent of their time inside buildings. The nature of construction today is not very different from when humans first started building. Houses are still built from thousands of smaller parts that come together as discrete layered systems. The buildings that come out of this paradigm have been proven to negatively impact human health as well as the health of the planet by generating massive amounts of waste and consuming immense amounts of energy. Fortunately, advancements in synthetic biology, computational design, and material sciences are ripe to disrupt the entire construction industry to develop buildings that grow, adapt and are in a symbiotic relationship with our environment.

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Prize Sponsor

Lowe’s is a Fortune 50 home improvement company and the second-largest home improvement company in the world. Their focus is on providing a complete set of products and services to help people love where they live. With the Healthy & Safe Homes XPRIZE, Lowe’s hopes to make existing buildings safer and ready for retrofitting, by simply and instantly identifying potential health hazards in a home. By assessing the environmental, chemical and other harmful elements in a property, they can help homeowners around the world clean and prepare their buildings for a long and healthy future.

Katie Cettie

Katie Cettie
Prize Developer

Katie believes that safe, clean, and affordable housing is the backbone to a healthy global economy. Previously, Katie conducted research on settlements and government housing projects in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently consulting on a project to improve access to housing finance in Tijuana, Mexico. She hopes to use her strong research background and experience launching social enterprises to help develop a prize that spurs innovation to solve this global challenge.

Masters of Urban and Regional Planning/MBA, University of California, Los Angeles (2018)

Akshay Goyal

Akshay Goyal
Prize Developer

Akshay is an architect investigating the role of computational design and robotics for sustainable urban futures. Through the lens of emerging technologies and the role they play in cities designed for sustainability, resilience and social engagement -- he believes that the exponential technological and leapfrogging approach that XPRIZE presents, offers an effective path forward for solving the grand challenge of safe and healthy homes.

Master of Design Studies, Harvard University

Vivian Ho
XPRIZE Fellow

Amanda Manna
Sponsor Resource

Shannon Smith
SPOCK