A new design for a net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales, that will be powered by renewable energy, has been unveiled.

Developed by Loyn & Co Architects, Parc Hadau is a carbon neutral neighbourhood that will comprise 35 eco-friendly dwellings, built from cross laminated timber, on a scrubland site in Pontardawe.

Construction is set to begin later in 2020, with residents expected to move in during the summer of 2021. 

Environmentally Friendly

Earlier this month a study flagged that more homeowners need to be aware of the benefits of making their home more environmentally friendly, so the development of neighbourhoods like this are a great way to champion eco-friendly measures in the world of house building.

For self builders, designing a home that is more energy efficient from the outset can involve initial capital costs, but result in much lower long-term costs. 

Parc Hadau has been designed with landscape architects Farrer Huxley for Sero Homes to use passive design and renewable energy technologies to generate enough electricity to power the scheme. 

Each house will be built using cross laminated timber, which absorbs atmospheric carbon as it grows, and retains it during its lifecycle.

Externally, the homes will be clad in a mix of locally sourced and low-energy materials including timber, local stone and reclaimed brick. 

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Low Energy Demands

According to Loyn & Co, Parc Hadau’s layout and form is “optimised to ensure the correct balance of daylight, solar gains, heat loss and thermal efficiency” to reduce the energy demands of the homes.

The Passivhaus principles of the homes will be combined with a mix of renewable energy technologies including solar panels and ground source heat pumps, meaning that residents will not have to pay energy bills. 

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“Parc Hadau will be an international exemplar of what great places to live can look like, and we hope will be one of many opportunities for us to create new neighbourhoods across the UK that enable more people access to great quality, zero-carbon homes at a time when they are needed most,” said James Williams, managing director of Sero Homes.

Once complete, Parc Hadau will comprise 11 two-bed homes, 22 three-bed homes and two four-bed homes. Residents will also share a large communal garden and community building. 

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