Experts from Cardiff University have designed and built the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house, capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses.
The house, designed by Professor Phil Jones and his team based at the Welsh School of Architecture, has been built as a prototype to meet targets for zero carbon housing set by UK Government.
Its unique design combines for the first time reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage to create an energy positive house.
In order to drastically reduce the energy demand, the house was built with high levels of thermal insulation, reducing air leakage, and uses an innovative energy efficient design which includes low carbon cement and low emissivity double glazed aluminium clad timber frame windows and doors.
The house’s energy systems combine solar generation and battery storage to power both its combined heating, ventilation, hot water system and its electrical power systems.
The house, situated in Pyle near Bridgend, took a total of 16 weeks to build.