Clyro, Powys

Clyro is a development of 13 highly energy efficient dwelling in Clyro for Powys County Council, again with JEHU. The units are constructed from a twin wall system using home-grown timber and filled with a warmcell insulation.

The scheme comprises of a number of different units from one-bedroom bungalows to 4 bedroom houses. The development is trialling new heating solutions and construction methods to achieve a high thermal rating to the walls, floors and ceilings and flexible living spaces with a strong focus on Welsh timber. This project was part of the Home-Grown Homes initiative.

The exciting Innovation was to build two different build methodologies on the same site for true comparisons.  Some were designed to Passivhaus principles and the others to Nett zero carbon.

The outcomes of this project will be scrutinised through whole-life cost reduction, whole life carbon reduction and building performance evaluation in collaboration with the Home-Grown Homes project.

Based on the outcomes of this unique scheme, recommendations can then be made for any new development in Powys, or throughout Wales, to deliver innovation at scale.

The timber frames have been manufactured and erected using home-grown timber supplied by Pontrilas Sawmills near Hereford.

As well as being designed to achieve an impressive environmental performance, the project includes houses, bungalows and flats. The homes have living spaces designed to be open, light and airy reflecting the kind of challenges we’ve all faced during the pandemic and its ‘stay at home’ restrictions.