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RSAW launches low energy home contest

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[Submission deadline: 12 November] The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) has launched a competition inviting low energy designs for unused and derelict terraced houses in Wales.

Open to designers and architects, the competition seeks proposals that balance the need for low-energy housing with Welsh architectural heritage.

The contest, supported by Grŵp Gwalia Cyf and RCT Homes; both providers of social housing, and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is open to designers and architects.

The winning entry, to be announced on 13 December, will be adopted by RCT Homes with a view to developing and building the design on an appropriate site in Wales.

RSAW president Andrew Sutton said: ‘This competition is looking at the very real challenges of balancing our built heritage with our sustainability goals on a myriad of small sites across Wales that are key to local communities.’

‘With Welsh Government’s support, we hope to demonstrate the creative thinking that architects can bring to this challenge ahead of further debates at our annual conference in December. It’s especially exciting that the competition has a Registered Social Landlord on board that will consider taking the winning scheme beyond a design concept, and I am really looking forward to seeing the entries.’

The judging panel will include representatives from RSAW, Cadw, RCT Homes and Grŵp Gwalia Cyf.


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