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Housing news round-up

The first modular units, part of an innovative pilot scheme to help tackle an immediate shortage of affordable housing in Cardiff, have arrived on site in Grangetown.

The two units are part of the initial phase that will be installed on the former gasworks site at Ferry Road to create 155 pre-fabricated, highly energy-efficient properties to help alleviate pressures on homelessness services and the availability of temporary accommodation in the city.

With financial support from the Welsh Government's Transitional Accommodation Capital Programme, the Council is working with development partner Wates to deliver the new homes, which will provide good quality, temporary housing for families close to the council's Yr Hafan family homelessness centre, which was also constructed using modular units.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Lynda Thorne, said: "Our homelessness and housing services continue to experience exceptionally high demand for assistance. This innovative solution to the pressures we are facing enables us to boost our supply of accommodation quickly, in considerably less time than via traditional building methods."

The 155 new single-storey homes, a mixture of one, two, three and four bedrooms, will be bright, spacious and highly energy-efficient, incorporating renewable technologies in line with the Council's One Planet strategy.

The units are being supplied by Daiwa House Modular, @Home - the company that supplied units for the Council's modular development at Crofts Street, and Beattie Passive, the supplier of units at Yr Hafan and the emergency accommodation at the Council's Single Assessment Centre in Riverside.

All the modular units that will be installed at the Gasworks site for temporary accommodation are demountable and can be moved to other areas of the city in response to future need.

⬛ Construction is set to begin on the development of two new community living schemes to provide flexible, sustainable, low-carbon accommodation for older residents to help maintain their independence in their own homes for longer.

A total of 86 new council apartments, that form part of Cardiff Council's housing development programme, will be delivered across the two schemes in Butetown and on Leckwith Road.

⬛ As 59% of homeowners continue to favour gas heating systems, the construction sector is launching Green Home Festival to encourage people to adopt sustainable heating technologies.

From a Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF) poll of 1,100 adults, only 22% opted for a heat pump for their next home heating system, highlighting considerable public resistance towards transitioning to the more sustainable heating alternative. Most continued to favour gas heating systems (59%), followed by electric (11%) and oil boilers (8%).

The Construction Industry Collective Voice's (CICV) Green Home Festival will showcase green living options and technologies, such as heat pumps, to help homeowners take the necessary steps towards a sustainable future.

The Green Home Festival, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, is running from 14 to 18 August.

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