From our factory in North Pembrokeshire, Tŷ Solar Homes are being developed to provide zero energy affordable housing. This is achieved by combining micro-generation and energy efficiencies in an integrated design.
Seeking to source 80% of its materials and expertise in Wales and create local employment. Tŷ Solar has achieved Cat A ratings for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact, in accordance with UK2005 European Directive 202/91/EC.
The solar homes project has four objectives:
To develop an Eco home with an A rating for energy efficiency
To utilise locally sourced timber for the substantial part of its construction thereby creating a sustainable regional supply chain
To commercialise the prototype for sale as a prefabricated house and create local, semi-skilled, manufacturing jobs
To bring a change in awareness of timber built homes.
Affordable in Every Respect
The Tŷ Solar home will not only qualify as ‘affordable’ in terms of buying price but by having its own built in PV solar power supply, will also be cheap to live in. Net zero energy consumption will provide many years without energy bills.
Our Tŷ Solar units are designed to cut energy consumption to around 12% of a standard home. In addition a 12 Kwh generation capacity is expected to produce over £2000 pa of cash benefit for each property or £40,000 over 20 years in terms of energy exported, free energy used in the home and feeder tariffs.
..it represents big thinking on a small scale. A new model for low cost affordable housing..Joyce Watson AM
We’re talking about a revolution …
Low cost housing has suffered with a lack of aesthetics where good design has been sacrificed supposedly to cut costs. We believe that good quality design costs nothing provided it is thought through early in the planning. Our team has been researching world wide best practice and our proposal is based on the experience and technical learning of past programmes.
Benefiting the Community
Local materials and labour in the construction will ensure that jobs and supply chains are created. We’re committed to establishing an apprenticeship programme for trainees living locally and work in conjunction with local colleges and suppliers to achieve this.
Western Solar has established a production unit in a disused farm building in North Pembrokeshire. This provides 400 square meters of space enabling the production and assembly of modules off site to minimise construction times.
In developing these homes, we have sought to exploit the availability of native Welsh wood. Local materials and labour in the construction will ensure that jobs and supply chains are created.
We have used timber from nearby woodlands, almost 11″ of insulation using recycled paper, and the fabrication of triple glazed windows to Passiv house standards by a local supplier. Ty Solar is fully breathable using modern permeable materials and the use of carcinogenic chemicals has been eliminated. The experience gained in the construction of this prototype will be used in the roll out of subsequent homes.
It was interesting to see an example of development where there was an emphasis on local labour and supplies (the larch board is beautiful) – there are not many developers who would allow apprentices to learn on an actual development.
We are providing training and employment for local people through our apprenticeship scheme.
Gabby, Chief of Staff
Veronica, Health and Safety Advisor
Jens, Works Manager