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Welsh Future Homes Project

Achieving sustainable homes in a uniquely Welsh way

The Welsh Future Homes project is a unique development of three affordable and highly sustainable houses and a visitor centre located on the site of the old steel works at Ebbw Vale, Wales.  

The development is the result of a partnership between BRE Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government, Blaenau Gwent Council and United Welsh Housing Association.  The aim of the project has been to stimulate the development a low carbon built environment in Wales but also to kick-start a ‘green’ economy in the country. 

One of the homes has been designed to meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making it a zero carbon home – the first to be achieved in Wales.  Each of the buildings have been constructed from a range of locally sourced materials that demonstrate high sustainability credentials and low energy costs of as little as £50 per annum.

The mini-community includes   

  • A three bedroom Passivhaus (The Larch House), designed to meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. 
  • A three bedroom house developed by a company from Flint called Dragonboard which uses the company’s own innovative board product that acts as a replacement for oriented strand board, and plasterboard. This house has been designed to meet Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. (more...)
  • A two bedroom Passivhaus (The Lime House) designed by Bere Architects and developed by United Welsh Housing Association. (more...)
  • Visitor centre: designed by the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) it is constructed from the Ty Unnos post and beam system developed by WSA, Woodknowledge Wales, Coed Cymru and partners. (more...)

All of these ‘prototype’ houses have cost between £1,200 – £1,600 m2 to build (average cost of social housing Code 3 is £1,200m2). Funding for the project came from the Heads of the Valleys Programme and Blaenau Gwent Council. 

Please note: The houses have now been passed over to the United Welsh housing association and are no longer open for public viewing. The building previously used as a visitor centre has been converted into a test home for assisted living technologies and is also now closed to the public.