Wales plans construction of low-carbon properties

A new initiative has been unveiled by the Julie James MS, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, for greener residences across the country. The plans involve the construction of 20,000 new, low-carbon social homes in Wales that will be available to rent by the year 2026.

The aim of the recently revealed scheme is to tackle two issues in Wales – the current greenhouse gases being emitted by the nation and the current housing shortage. Housing associations have shown approval of the new agenda, commenting that it could potentially lead to not only thousands of jobs, but also to training opportunities for those looking to learn a new skillset.

All of the upcoming homes outlined in the scheme will feature what the government refers to as:

“Bold, new quality and environmental standards.”

Professional architects in Ruthin, Mold and other parts of Wales are being increasingly asked to create sustainable home designs. From properties warmed by underfloor heating and air source heat pumps to commercial developments capturing the sun’s solar energy and turning it into electricity with solar panels, many new features are becoming integral parts of plans.

As part of the Welsh Government’s plans, some of the properties may even be designed as small-scale power stations. The latest green technology available can often generate more electrical power than a home requires, and this surplus can be transferred to the National Grid so that it can be supplied to other households.

To assist, government spending for social housing to rent between 2021 and 2022 will be doubled, and ministers have committed £250 million to the endeavour.

Posted by Mark
August 16, 2021

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