A new highly sustainable residential facility for older people.
Llys Ton Extra Care Housing Facility in Bridgend received an award for the Highest BREEAM Scoring Multi-Residential Building at the Ecobuild Conference in London. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.
The £6.5m project comprises 39 self-contained flats and communal facilities such as a restaurant, salon, garden room and landscaped gardens which aims to establish a community spirit whilst encouraging independent living.
Working as part of the Pentan Architect team, Hulley & Kirkwood performed detailed design services for the new Extra Care Home in Bridgend on behalf of Valleys to Coast (V2C) Housing Association focusing on a sustainable approach featuring:
A highly efficient centralised combined heat and power (CHP) system generates electricity and heat, supported by high efficiency gas fired boilers serving a combination of low surface temperature radiators and underfloor heating. This allows for minimal loss of excess heat, reducing CO2 emissions as well as running costs for residents.
- Occupancy controlled wholehouse ventilation systems incorporating heat recovery technology installed to the apartments to provide fresh air to the living areas and extract air from the bathrooms and kitchens, recovering heat from these areas to reduce energy costs.
- A small photovoltaic system which also assists with reducing the energy demand of the building.
- Lighting systems comprising of high efficiency fittings with presence detection in most areas to reduce energy use wherever possible.
- Extensive metering of gas, water and electricity usage provided to give the building users detailed information regarding energy use, these meters link to the BMS system for monitoring and future comparisons.