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Could this be Wales' most energy efficient building?

A building billed as the "most sustainable" in Wales is opening its doors to the public for the first time.

Hen Ysgol in Pencader is billed as the most sustainable building in Wales Credit: Luminous Media

Hen Ysgol in Pencader, Carmarthenshire was originally a Victorian school, but it's since been transformed into a training centre, business and home by owners Jayne and Ian Hall-Edwards.

The project took six years to complete, and owners Ian and Jayne received a £67,500 grant from the Welsh Government's Economic Growth Fund.

They also received a further £80,000 repayable business finance loan from the Welsh Government, and invested over £440,000 of their own money.

The property, which has featured several times on Channel 4 programme The Restoration Man will open to the public on Friday 26th August, with the aim of inspiring other people to live, build and work more sustainably.

Its features include biomass boilers and room heaters, intelligent thermal stores, pumps which extract heat from the air, and wood stoves and fires.

The building also has a green roof, rain water harvesting, under-floor heating and low energy lighting technologies; all of which, according to the owners, link together to save energy and money.

Owners Ian and Jayne with The Restoration Man's George Clarke Credit: Luminous Media

We have created an environment that demonstrates how effective these products are in the home, as well as their ability to save the environment, and save people money.

To help people take that step we have a purpose built training room with courses available and it is our aim to educate and invigorate people and trades in becoming truly sustainable in the way they plan their homes and businesses.

– Ian Hall-Edwards, Owner
The building was once an old Victorian school and was restored over six years Credit: Luminous Media

As well as a home and a base for the Hall-Edwards' company 'Totally Sustainable', the building will also be used as a training centre, offering accredited courses to tradespeople, architects and members of the public to learn about sustainable technologies.

It has been a long journey for us. We lived in a caravan on site for a few years whilst getting the project finished. Now that the restoration has been fully completed we can now officially welcome visitors.

Our aim is to raise awareness of available and affordable sustainable technologies, and show them all working together.

– Jayne Hall-Edwards, Owner