Berllan Aur is a development of 15 homes in the village of Boncath, Pembrokeshire and is a Ty Solar development by Western Solar. Five four-bedroom detached houses have been sold privately, while the other ten homes (four two-bedroom houses and six one-bedroom flats) are socially rented through project partners ATEB group. Berllan Aur is described as a garden village development, with biodiversity an important consideration and plans for a shared allotment area. The first residents moved in during Spring 2021.
The highly insulated homes benefit from South facing aspects designed with Passive Solar principles in mind, giving natural light and space heating. The roofs have 7 kW solar PV, Tesla Powerwall batteries provide 18.8 kW electricity storage, and the homes have EV charging points installed. This arrangement allows each home to generate and store its own energy for household consumption, EV charging and export to the grid. Berllan Aur homes utilise locally sourced timber for their structure and cladding and are manufactured locally.
Due to the combination of low carbon and locally sourced building materials and energy technologies, the development has been found to be carbon negative by Woodknowledge Wales. Indoor air quality is also an important consideration at Berllan Aur and has influenced the materials used and floorplan of the homes. Finally, all homes have their own sheds for storage of their gardening equipment.
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