SOLCER project, designing the house that produces more energy than it consumes

The Welsh Institute of Architecture has been awarded by Cardiff University for its SOLCER Low Emission Housing Project, the first house in the UK to generate more energy than it consumes.

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This house was designed and built as part of the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute project, combining energy efficiency with the installation of solar panels and a battery storage system.

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Among its main features are:

  • High levels of thermal insulation.
  • Reduction of air leaks.
  • Very efficient design in construction.
  • Excellent thermal insulation with low carbon cement (LC3) *, double glazed aluminum windows.
  • High efficiency solar panels.
  • Roof facing south and photovoltaic solar panels without interfering with natural light.
  • Integrated battery system.
  • Efficient heating, ventilation, electrical appliances, lighting, hot water and electrical systems.

The SOLCER case prototype was designed and built using only technology available on the market today.

It was his construction:

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* Cement that doubles the amount produced by traditional methods, replacing a large part of the clinker with calcined clay and calcium carbonate, 20-30% CO2 emissions compared to other types of cements.