The first new council homes to be designed and built in the North Wales county of Denbighshire in the last 30 years are shooting for Passive House certification. Funded by the Welsh Government through its Innovative Housing Programme, this is part of the Council’s goal of creating over 170 council houses by 2022. The scheme will include 18 two-bedroom and four four-bedroom semi-detached houses for social rent in the town of Denbigh. Each of the homes will have solar panels on their roofs and will be outfitted with heat pumps.
Shovels are already in the ground for this landmark housing scheme, with Brenig Construction preparing the site for the arrival of frames and walls, which are currently being made off-site in North Wales by Creating Enterprise, a subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy, using a system designed by Beattie Passive Build. Brenig hopes to complete the project by autumn of 2021.
“We’re delighted to be involved in the Denbigh Passivhaus project with Denbighshire County Council in a historic move by them to get back into house-building,” said Howard Vaughan, Brenig Construction joint managing director. “Society needs to address the climate change issue and an important step in this direction is to minimize energy use and make the homes of the future greener, cheaper and healthier.”
Creating Enterprise Managing Director Adrian Johnson also noted that construction projects of this nature can be a boon to local economies. “As well as building these innovative, low carbon homes, the simplicity of the build system offers work opportunities to those furthest from the job market,” she said. “As part of our social purpose, we offer trainees the chance to learn new skills whilst working alongside qualified trades in new methods of construction enabling them to better themselves and their future prospects.”
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