Client: Western Solar Ltd
Architect: Gareth Dauncey
Manufacturer & Main Contractor: Jens Schroeder
Tŷ Solar Homes has been set up to develop zero energy affordable housing, achieved by combining micro-generation and energy efficiencies in an integrated design. It seeks to source 80% of its materials and expertise in Wales, creating local material supply chains, training opportunities and employment.
The project completed its first build, a working prototype at Rhosygilwen – a solar powered two-storey 100m2 home to Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. It was opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones in November 2013.
The house is constructed from home-grown Sitka spruce, dried and machined locally before being manufactured into box beams onsite. Local Douglas Fir is used for the ‘Passive Welsh windows’, door and internal joinery. The cladding, decking and railings are made from Welsh Larch. It is insulated with Warmcel®, roofed with EPDM rubber and topped with photovoltaic panels.
Lessons learned have led to Welsh Government funding to set up a production unit. Planning permission has been granted to build a mini 6 house Ty Solar village close to the companies Pembrokeshire headquarters.
Sitka spruce: Pontrilas Timber
Douglas fir: Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre
Larch: Ridgeway Timber