New properties designed for modern living at Aspen Grove, Rumney, which will allow people moving in to benefit from lower emissions and greener living, have gone on sale, with 30 homes sold in the first eight weeks since launch.

The Aspen Grove low-carbon development incorporates 149 homes for sale with easy access to Cardiff city centre and the M4. The homes, which make use of the latest low-carbon technologies, are expected to have energy costs that are 60% lower than the average UK home and around 50% lower than a typical new build, allowing residents to make huge savings on their bills. CO2 emissions will be around 90% lower than an average home and 80% lower than a new build.

New high-tech low-carbon homes selling fast at Cardiff development site

The development includes two, three, four and five-bedroom homes in detached, semi-detached and townhouse styles. All of the homes host a raft of technologies including photovoltaic panels, lithium ion batteries and ground source heat pumps. The homes are also connected by a state-of-the-art monitoring system to ensure the comfort of the new residents whilst saving energy too.

New high-tech low-carbon homes selling fast at Cardiff development site

Edward Rees, Regional Director for Wates Residential, the developer behind the project, says:

These new homes have been designed with modern living in mind, with high specifications and unrivalled build quality. Each one has a professionally designed open plan kitchen, a master bedroom en-suite and its own off-street parking with an electric vehicle charging point.

Sales so far have been really positive; it seems that with the low-carbon technologies people are seeing the value in these high-tech homes, and we are looking forward to welcoming new homeowners to Aspen Grove soon”.

Jim McArdell, Head of Projects, from Sero, the company behind the low-carbon technology, says:

This project demonstrates the power of collaboration in helping tackle the climate emergency, and how through a combination of build quality, renewables and smart digital technology, we can help Cardiff meet its ambition for a carbon neutral city by 2030 through the delivery of low carbon homes.

The batteries installed in each home mean it is possible to shift demand for electricity to off-peak times when demand on the national grid is lower, as well as when renewable energy generation is higher. Using more green energy generated by the solar panels and stored in the battery means that the reliance on energy from the grid will be lower, which will become increasingly critical for many families as we see energy prices continue to rise.

The Sero team is looking forward to working with new residents to manage the low carbon smart technology in their homes, which will help ensure preferred comfort and lifestyle preferences are met, whilst reducing the amount of energy being used, such as for heating and hot water”.

The new development at Aspen Grove, is part of the Cardiff Living development programme between Cardiff Council and Wates Residential to provide 1,500 new homes across 40 sites in the city over a 10-year period.

New high-tech low-carbon homes selling fast at Cardiff development site

Wates Residential, which is part the leading family-owned construction, residential development and property services company Wates Group, works with local authorities like Cardiff Council to find better and more innovative ways to reduce waste, reduce energy consumption and enhance the natural environment, and is committed to eliminating waste and carbon from its operations by 2025.

Other sites within the development programme showcase the latest low-carbon technologies and are being built with modern methods of construction to save time and improve safety. Tenants have recently moved into new council homes that have been built by Wates Residential in Crofts Street in Roath, and new homes are being made to Passivhaus standards at Highfields to help the council on its journey to net zero.

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