RSHP

Crofts Street

Project Partners
Ivan Harbour
Lennart Grut

Project Leads
Andrew Partridge

Project Partners
Ivan Harbour
Lennart Grut

Project Leads
Andrew Partridge

Job Sheets
English

Job Sheets
English

Date
2018 - 2021

Client
Cardiff Living

Location
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Floors
2

Height
7m / 23ft

Environmental Certification
Annual CO2 emissions (predicted)
KgCO2eq/m2 Negative emission of at least -1.66 tonnes of CO2 per annum per home

Overview

Crofts Street, Cardiff, is a modular housing project comprising nine two-bedroom townhouses, designed to be carbon positive in operation and built on brownfield land for council rent. It is the city’s first modular scheme and was awarded Welsh Government Innovative Housing Funding.

The INNO design, led by RSHP and AECOM and delivered by @HOME, uses a ‘fabric first’ approach to optimise the performance of each unit against weather conditions, fire and acoustics. This system reduces operational energy consumption, which can lead to major cost savings on utility bills for residents.

The townhouses prioritise the use of sustainable materials, which means that they have less embodied energy than other buildings. With these considerations, the scheme is expected to surpass the current (Part L1A 2013) Building Regulations standards by 142% for regulated carbon emissions and 42% in fabric energy efficiency.

The homes use roof mounted solar panels and heat pumps instead of gas to provide energy. Mechanical ventilated heat recovery and natural ventilation are used to provide efficient year-round comfort to all internal spaces. As a result, the Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) for Crofts Street indicates a negative emission of at least -1.66 tonnes of CO2 per annum per home.

This shows that the simple addition of solar panels is sufficient to generate more energy than is required to run the regulated building services (i.e. heating, hot water, lighting, pumps and fans).

The scheme also promotes the efficient use of land, developing it at a practicable density in line with neighbouring developments and pre‐war terraces.

The ground floor of the houses has a brick slip system, reflective of the brick materiality that defines adjacent homes. Above this, Oko Skin cladding is arranged in the same orientation, but has double in width. The different demises are identified by tonal differences between respective doors, windows and Juliette balconies.

Concept

Construction

Data

Team
Ivan Harbour, Katherine Hegab, Lorna Jackson, Fruzsina Karig, Andrew Partridge, Jia Jian Saw, James Scrace

Project Partners
Ivan Harbour
Lennart Grut

Project Leads
Andrew Partridge

Job Sheets
English

Date
2018 - 2021

Location
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Site Area
1390m²

Floors
2

Height
7m / 23ft

Environmental Certification
Annual CO2 emissions (predicted)
KgCO2eq/m2 Negative emission of at least -1.66 tonnes of CO2 per annum per home

Structural Engineer
AECOM

Services Engineer
AECOM

Project Manager
AECOM

Environmental Consultant
AECOM

Manufacturer & Delivery
@Home

Energy & Sustainability
AECOM

Fire Engineering
AECOM

Geotechnical Engineering
AECOM

Landscape Architect
AECOM

Data

Team
Ivan Harbour, Katherine Hegab, Lorna Jackson, Fruzsina Karig, Andrew Partridge, Jia Jian Saw, James Scrace

Date
2018 - 2021

Location
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Site Area
1390m²

Floors
2

Height
7m / 23ft


Environmental Certification
Annual CO2 emissions (predicted)
KgCO2eq/m2 Negative emission of at least -1.66 tonnes of CO2 per annum per home

Structural Engineer
AECOM

Services Engineer
AECOM

Project Manager
AECOM

Environmental Consultant
AECOM

Manufacturer & Delivery
@Home

Energy & Sustainability
AECOM

Fire Engineering
AECOM

Geotechnical Engineering
AECOM

Landscape Architect
AECOM

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