As part of Cartrefi Conwy’s strategy for tackling homelessness, passivhaus pods were identified as an efficient solution and a way to get people into modern, high-quality accommodation on their way to being permanently rehoused. The design provides homes that are flexible and fast to build. The units employ a ground-breaking construction method called Beattie Passive System, which means they are quick and easy to construct and have levels of insulation that make them the most efficient homes available in the UK. Heating costs are around 80% cheaper, and noise insulation and fire protection are significantly greater than in an equivalent property.
The modern methods of construction employed in this build meant part of the assembly work took place offsite. Brenig were the principal contractors and worked with Cartrefi Conwy, Creating Enterprise and Beattie Passive, coordinating and overseeing the entire process. The scale of the site was limited by surrounding residential properties and gardens backing onto the construction site, so access and minimising disruption were a crucial part of the work.
The 8, one-bedroom units provide a healthy living environment with the technology used making them safe, efficient and comfortable. Triple-glazed, airtight windows and MVHR system mean each property costs around £40 a year to heat and indoor air quality is very high. The work provided training and job opportunities in the community, enabling local residents to work alongside skilled joiners to gain construction skills and experience. 4 unemployed people from the area were employed as part of the build.