Continuing our series of Case Studies relevant to the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) Parc Hadau is an innovative net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales that will be built from cross-laminated timber and be powered by renewable energy. Designed by Loyn & Co and landscape architects Farrer Huxley for Developer Sero Homes, the Parc Hadau neighbourhood comprises 35 eco-friendly dwellings on a scrubland site in Pontardawe.
The homes will have a net-zero-embodied-carbon primary structure, use passive design, with renewable energy technologies to generate enough electricity to power the scheme. The residents of Parc Hadau will pay no energy bills because the development will use a mixture of renewable energy technologies to generate enough clean electricity to power its homes over the year. When Parc Hadau needs to draw on electricity from the grid, such as on cold winter nights, Sero will measure the carbon intensity of the imported electricity and later export enough clean energy in return to balance the overall carbon emissions.
Sero Homes, which was founded in Wales two years ago, said Parc Hadau provides high-quality, affordable housing through long-term index-linked leases. It will also be the first scheme to meet the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) definition of net zero carbon by tracking the development’s energy use and carbon emissions in real time.
James Williams, the managing director of Sero Homes, said: “The principles underpinning our vision for housing are simple – people’s homes should minimise the harm done to our planet and they shouldn’t cost the earth to run.”
Park Hadau is set to begin construction later in 2020, with residents expected to move in during Summer 2021. Once complete, it will comprise 11 two-bed homes, 22 three-bed homes and two four-bed homes, alongside a large communal garden and a community building for both residents and locals
Parc Hadau is an example of a small specialist development. There is no reason such types of project, built by smaller building companies, and designed by specialist eco-architectural and landscaping teams, cannot contribute to large SUEs like Langley; and in so doing they will contribute to Birmingham’s policy of securing the highest standards of sustainable design.