Solcer House Shines As Low Carbon Housing


The Welsh Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (CCERA) visited Solcer House situated on the site of Cenin Renewables Ltd in Pyle near Bridgend as part of the Welsh Government’s enquiry into the success of low carbon housing.

The unique design of the energy positive Solcer House combines reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage and was built as a prototype as part of the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) SOLCER project – designed and constructed in Wales supported by SPECIFIC at Swansea University.

The CCERA committee were shown a short presentation of work being done on the retrofit of typical welsh housing and larger scale regional low carbon built environments. Followed by a tour of the SOLCER house and Cenin site which combines the manufacture of low carbon cement, a solar farm, a wind turbine and an anaerobic digestor.

Following the visit CCERA Committee Member Huw Irranca-Davies said:  “It is important that we continually look at how our communities can be planned and shaped to become more energy efficient and low carbon.  House designers Professor Phil Jones and his team based at the Welsh School of Architecture have proved that highly energy efficient housing can be achieved.  The CCERA committee were very impressed with the progress made in delivering high energy efficient housing and helping us towards ‘near zero’ energy standards.”

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