Bere architects recently unveiled the ‘Larch House’, the first zero-carbon passive house in the UK. The ultra energy-efficient home features not only “active” energy-producing technologies like solar panels, but also ‘passive’ building techniques such as high levels of insulation, airtight construction, good interior air quality, and efficient heat recovery systems. Showcased at the National Eisteddfod exhibition in Wales for United Welsh and its partners, the one-off house is a remarkable showcase of state-of-the-art green building strategies.

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The ‘Passivhaus’ concept has seen growing popularity throughout Europe, and it’s good to see the UK finally embrace the green building standard. The three-bedroom property features high insulation, photovoltaic panels and large south-facing windows that enable the home to be comfortable in both summer and winter.

Speaking about Larch House, Gareth Davies, Head of Development at United Welsh said: “We are absolutely delighted with what has been achieved. This house is a real statement from the social housing sector in Wales. It uses cutting edge technology, the very latest in building material & techniques and some clever thinking to create a home that’s super efficient, low cost to run and will be a pleasure to live in now and in the future.

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