7-13 The Kingsway

Gwalia Housing

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The Gwalia Housing Trust is a registered Charity that helps individuals and community groups with needs associated with housing, especially the elderly and those with a wide variety of disabilities. In Clase the Trust built a development of 51 purpose built dwellings comprising bungalows, flats and family houses, with an extensive range of sustainability features.

The dwellings take advantage of both passive and active low energy features which help to reduce tennants bills, and reduces the amount of energy needed from non-renewable sources. Features include:
• The roof, external walls and floors are insulated to a significantly higher degree than required by the 1990 Building Regulations.
• Windows are Low E double glazed with sealed double glazing units. Some dwellings are triple glazed.
• Habitable rooms face south to take advantage of solar radiation while Ancillary spaces and circulation form a "buffer zone" to the north.
• Large areas of glazing to the south, with smaller windows to the north side to reduce heat loss.
• The south facing Sunstore (conservatory) captures available solar gain and, when required, the habitable rooms adjacent can be opened to admit the warmer air.
• The concrete floor and solid walls surrounding the Sunstore absorb and store direct solar radiation.
• The warm air can be extracted from the top of the Sunstore and the Living room and bedroom 1 and utilised, via a heat exchanger in the roofspace, to preheat incoming fresh air, as required.
• Surplus heat from habitable rooms can also be distributed to the "buffer zone" by simply opening intervening doors.
• Manually operated blinds to the internal face of the windows and roof-glazing in the Sunstore control overheating.
• Normal ventilation is achieved by opening a high-level roof window in the Sunstore, and cross ventilation in summer by opening the Sunstore doors and the habitable room doors, and the windows to the north.
• The central heating and domestic hot water system is gas fired.
• The hot water system is supplemented by roof mounted solar panels.

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