We have embraced the need for our buildings to be sustainable and have a track record of leading the way. We have worked on a number of Passivhaus and BREEAM developments working towards creating more sustainable communities.
Our expertise stretches across a variety of renewable technologies as evidenced in 2020 we constructed the Cwt Pen-Capel apartment block in Caerphilly which was built to Passivhaus standard on behalf of Linc Cymru. The development features innovative building with integrated photovoltaic solar panels, manufactured in Wales.
Rather than being mounted on top of the roof, as conventional solar panels are, a thin film panel is laminated onto the metal roof panels themselves. This uses far less material, while the technology has the added benefit of producing electricity more efficiently when not in direct sunlight.
All of our residential construction for Registered Social Landlords meets the Welsh Government Development Quality Requirements which set out basic requirement relating to space and amenity for sustainable living.
New and second hand housing developed by Registered Social Landlords utilising Social Housing Grant is required to comply with our Development Quality Requirements which sets out basic requirement relating to space and amenity.
We have built a number of developments consisting of low carbon homes which were supported by the Welsh Government through the Innovative Housing Programme (IHP).
The main aims of the IHP are to:
- Increase the supply of affordable housing as part of the 20,000 additional affordable homes target.
- Do this in a way that aligns the design and delivery of affordable housing with the seven goals of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (WFGA).
- Address cost and value in new homes and develop housing that meets specific current and future housing needs.
- Provide support for those willing to innovate through the use of alternative approaches.
- Demonstrate benefits associated with alternative approaches, with a view to encouraging wider uptake.
- Harness opportunities to deliver jobs, skills training, and develop local industry.
- Publicly disseminate key findings and maximise learning.
- Help to tackle poverty by providing homes which are more energy efficient and cheaper to run.