The Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) hosted their final event of the project in conjunction with the launch of the Solcer House on Thursday 16th July 2015 at Stormy Down in Bridgend.
The SOLCER project demonstrated the building integrated systems based approach to low carbon and arranged tours of the impressive new build ‘SOLCER house’ while the SBED project shared the knowledge and experience learnt from the installation of TSC’s and demonstrated how this technology uses solar power to heat air before directing it into the building.
The event was very well attended attracting over 100+ registrants, including representatives from welsh government, building contractors, architectural firms, energy sector, housing associations.
Presentations were delivered from the WSA, SPECIFIC, BASF, NSG Group, Tata Steel, and BAM.
Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy also spoke at the event and said “I am delighted to see Wales leading the UK with the launch of this unique property which has the distinction of being the first building of its kind in the UK. It is a great showcase for the technologies being developed in Wales, with the potential to be adopted and replicated in future housing developments across the UK creating wide ranging long term benefits for the economy, the environment and occupiers”.
Feedback from the event was also very positive with comments such as:
“Great to see this superb example of Wales working innovatively using strategic partnerships”
” Excellent and informative event – well organised and great range of speakers”
In relation to the SBED event Phil Jones, SBED Project Director added “Transpired Solar Collectors (TSCs) are a potentially low cost technology which can provide a significant proportion of a building’s heating needs, resulting in energy savings. Its wide-scale application can have a major impact on reducing CO2 emissions.”