We completed a housing development of 14 eco homes in Bridgend for Wales and West Housing Association in collaboration with JEHU. The scheme was built using the Kingspan TEK building system and are designed to use daylight to provide the majority of their energy.
The aim was to follow the Solcer concept originally developed by the Welsh School of Architecture but at scale and pace. The concept is a well-balanced and integrated blend of design methods and technologies: featuring passive design techniques, transpired solar collectors, Mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, air source heat pumps, photovoltaics and battery storage.
The Solcer House was Wales’ first low-cost energy positive house to generate more heat and electricity than it uses over a year. Like the Solcer House, the homes will incorporate the latest energy efficient and renewable technologies. It is expected that residents moving into the new homes could see a 90 per cent drop in their household bills as the homes should generate more electricity than they actually use.
By building a highly insulated, warm property and using the latest technologies, the homes will be able to generate their own electricity to run the heating and appliances and save money for residents living in them through lower energy bills.
After they move in, residents will be asked to give feedback on their energy use and bills, comfort levels and the use of the technologies. Throughout the first year, other energy performance data will be monitored and findings will be reported back to Welsh Government to continue to expand the delivery of zero carbon homes.
The scheme has been shortlisted for Best healthy homes development at the inside housing development awards.
Article from the client. Wales & West HA Homes of the future near completion in Bridgend – Wales & West Housing Association (wwha.co.uk)