The IHP is adopting a broad range of active, low carbon and renewable self-generation technologies, such as innovative electrical storage, electric vehicle (EV) integration and community heating systems. 30% of properties in the scheme use either Ground or Air Source Heat Pumps and over 50% have Solar Thermal or Photovoltaic (PV) renewable generation.
At Clos-Y-Wawr, electricity for the homes is generated from Photovoltaic Films fixed to the roof covering. This can be stored in batteries at each home or exported to the grid. Hot water is generated by Air Source Heat Pumps linked to transpired solar collectors located on the cladded walls; boosting the incoming air temperature.
At Croft Court in Mid-Wales, the houses are built to Passivhaus standards of energy efficiency, using mechanical ventilation heat recovery and a mix of home-based (1.65kWp) and community-based (3.63kWp) PV generation.
The Pentref Gardd project by Carmarthenshire County Council is also building to Passivhaus standards. 40% of the development is using modular, offsite Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Timber frames and recycled paper insulation are being employed across the development. The homes benefit from electrical storage heaters, PV and lithium-ion batteries.
Many of the projects supported by the IHP have taken a whole lifecycle view of the carbon emissions associated with their developments. This has resulted in greater use of local supply chains and materials. At one site, the team have delivered 105 highly insulated homes that are constructed from Welsh Timber, locally sourced and manufactured. These homes are estimated to save 70,000 tons of CO2, equivalent to planting 200,000 trees.
The technologies being deployed in the IHP homes are also making huge contributions to meeting our net zero targets. Parc Eirin in South Wales, a large scheme of 225 homes, aims to be net zero carbon within 10 years of completion.
The ABC-RP support is being delivered from its offices in Swansea and Sheffield, providing high-value jobs to regions outside of the South East. The IHP itself is being delivered in Wales; including Carmarthenshire, the Vale of Glamorgan, the South Wales Valleys and Swansea. This provides economic stimulus and new job opportunities in key growth sectors across Wales.
The deployment of the messaging infrastructure is pushing others within the supply chain to adopt more modern approaches and improve their own products and services, for example developing capabilities to support Internet of Things (IoT) messaging, increasing the interoperability and security of their communications.
The evidence from this project will ensure future new builds deliver social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being. More affordable and sustainable homes that have people and places at their hearts.