The ZVSHK, the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association, has launched a design prize for accessible products. In establishing the award, the German association, which represents over 50,000 contractors in the sector, aims to provide a platform for manufacturers to present commercial products that respond to the challenges of demographic change.
The award is supported by the European Institute for
Companies wishing to participate may submit products for the award online from 1st September 2012 on the new award website set up by the ZVSHK: http://www.zvshk-award.com/en/home.html
The terms of participation and full details of the award are available online in German and English. The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2012.
An international, eight-person jury of experts will assess all product submissions according to how well they follow the principles of Design for All. The focus will be on the aesthetic quality of the submitted products as well as their usability for a wide target group. The award aims at encouraging the industry to further develop accessible products to Design for All products.
The winner will be announced in March 2013 at the ISH 2013, the world's leading sanitation, heating and air conditioning trade fair in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.