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Homing in on a green future.

Byline: KIRSTIE MCCRUM

AN innovative building project in Wales has now become a unique eco experiment thanks to an exciting residential development which could help to influence the future of housebuilding in Wales and beyond. The Welsh Future Homes Project at The Works in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent is the home of the unique residential properties which are set to offer greener living solutions to developers s and architects throughout the UK.

The houses have been designed and built to offer low carbon living and as these specially-built houses are the most sustainable homes in the UK, they will form a template for future living previously unseen outside mainland Europe.

The Welsh Future Homes is the development of four ultra low energy and sustainable homes.

The Larch house at the site is Wales' first zero carbon house and the UK's first zero carbon Passivhaus, which has been designed and built to an ultra low energy standard, bringing together expertise from local companies.

The development is establishing Ebbw Vale and the Heads of the Valleys as the centre of a new sustainable construction industry in Wales.

It is hoped that it will inspire a generation of housing that sets new standards in energy efficiency while being affordable to run.

The Welsh Future Homes site is part of a bigger regeneration project, which has seen the development of the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale into a mixed used site that is now called The Works.

This is a 200 acre project that is being led as a sustainable exemplar project in the UK.

But what green measures make the houses stand out? > TURN TO PAGE 2
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 2, 2011
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