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South Wales Homes named in Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments

South Wales Homes named in Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments

Our Golwg y Dre development in Neath Our Golwg y Dre development in Neath has been named as one of the top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments of 2013 having been pitted against 6,000 other UK based housing projects. 

It is the only Welsh project to be recognised by Inside Housing, the UK’s leading magazine for the social housing sector.

Completed in 2012, the housing project includes 19 affordable homes for rent, built on a brownfield site in Cimla, Neath. Partly funded by the Welsh Government through a Social Housing Grant, the £3.7 Million development was built to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with the support of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in approving the grant funding allocation.

The properties were designed with a heavy focus on high sustainability and energy efficiency; all homes were built with Supawall, an insulated timber frame system of local Neath-based Contractor J.G Hale Construction, that reduces heat loss. Other energy saving features include energy efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting and highly economical central heating systems. The properties achieved 100% energy improvement over the Building Regulations baseline and are just one level away from being zero carbon.

Speaking of the accolade, Stuart Davies, Executive Director of Property Development & Management says “Gwalia is thrilled that Golwg y Dre has been acknowledged by Inside Housing Magazine as one of the top 50 Affordable Housing Developments in the UK. The development has been a particularly exciting one for the company, allowing us to learn more about the energy efficiency of the homes we built and ensuring that carbon emissions and energy consumption are kept to a minimum”.

Gwalia is also monitoring the continued energy efficiency of the homes, using a product called Energy Lens to identify how much energy is being saved, and where it is being wasted, ensuring that the energy bills of tenants can be kept as low as possible.