Clos y Wawr (previously known as Active Homes Neath) has been developed by Pobl Group, and is part funded by the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme (IHP) and Social Housing Grant (SHG) funding. The first 12 months of monitoring were funded by a BEIS ‘Building For 2050’ project. Clos y Wawr also sits within the ‘Homes as Power Stations’ objective, which forms part of the Swansea Bay City Deal project.
The building design is based upon the SOLCER House, Wales’ first ‘energy positive’ house (built in 2015), which is an output of the SOLCER (Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region) research project. SOLCER House was built to demonstrate how renewable energy systems can be integrated into highly insulated and air-tight modular build structures, becoming an integral element of future home building. Additionally, in line with a ‘Homes as Power Stations’ concept, the buildings are capable of producing a significant proportion of the energy required for the homes at certain times of the year.
Electricity for the homes is generated from Photovoltaic Films fixed to the roof covering and can be used, exported to the grid or stored in batteries at each home. Hot water is generated by an Air Source Heat Pump in each home, linked to transpired solar collectors located on the cladded walls, which boost the incoming air temperature. The development consists of 16 properties for social rent, across 1 bed flats, 2 and 3 bed houses. Some residents were able to move in at the end of 2020, with the final residents moving in in early 2021.
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