Housing Development Exceeds Carbon Targets
A timber-based social housing project has surpassed environmental targets set by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The thirty-eight new homes at Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd, near Ruthin, are being developed by ClwydAlyn, a Housing Association based in St Asaph, providing much needed homes for Denbighshire.
The homes are to be completed by the summer, and the development has been hailed as a huge success and predicted to exceed the carbon-footprint targets set by RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge.
A carbon analysis check has revealed that carbon levels will be 16% lower than the RIBA targets, according to calculations using methodology agreed by both RIBA and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Craig Sparrow is the executive director of development at ClwydAlyn.
“This is a fantastic development, providing homes where they are needed,” he said.
“It is vital Housing Associations and Developers work together and strive to cut carbon levels. Exceeding this stringent target by 16% is evidence of ClwydAlyn’s and Williams Homes’ commitment to ensuring we are proactive in protecting the environment. Combined with using Welsh timber, local suppliers, local labour and materials and gas-free, state-of-the-art air source heating systems, it is ‘ahead of the curve’ in design and efficiency for construction and for the incredible efficiency it will give the occupants who will live in them. It is hoped that we can continue this great work with our further proposed project in Ruthin for 77 new homes, due to be presented to Planning Committee on 11th March 2020.”
The Innovative Housing Programme set out by the Welsh Government has provided funding for this project together with private finance raised by ClwydAlyn and in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and Wood Knowledge Wales
The scheme is an example of the Home-Grown Homes project and provides compelling evidence for timber construction using Welsh trees. Local timber was used for the structural frame and external cladding of the new homes, and all joinery elements will be Welsh wood based. Wood fibre insulation has also been used as an alternative to petrochemical foams.
The project’s success represents an effective response to the climate emergency at a time when there is pressure for the Welsh Government to implement a policy ensuring all Welsh homes have a low carbon footprint.
Owain Williams is the managing director Williams Homes and added.
"I am hugely proud of what our team has achieved on this partnership scheme with ClwydAlyn Housing in Llanbedr. Delivering low carbon homes for local people is critical to addressing fuel poverty in Wales"