The Green House Competition Winners are revealed

Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage has welcomed two families to their new eco-homes in Ebbw Vale.


The lucky families won the Green House competition run by United Welsh and its partners to live rent free for 12 months whilst taking part in an environmental monitoring project.

Larch and Lime House are situated on the site of the former Steelworks ‘The Works’, which is currently undergoing an extensive regeneration programme; including the building of a new school, leisure centre, hospital and the eco-homes.  Built as prototype social housing the eco-homes have been recognised for groundbreaking innovation winning multiple national sustainability awards.  United Welsh, and partners Blaenau Gwent Council, bere:architects and Pendragon Design and Build worked collaboratively as part of the National Eisteddfod festival celebrations 2010 to build a house to showcase the ‘Passivhaus’ concept, with the support of BRE and the Welsh Government. 

Nyree and Anthony Jones and their two daughters Shannon-Lee and Demi from Cwm were selected to live in Larch House, the UK’s first zero carbon passivhaus they said; “We are so excited to have won this competition and be given that chance to live in this eco-home.  We cannot wait to have a garden where the girls can safely ride their bikes and have the space to grow as a family. We will share all that we learn about energy awareness and eco-living.”

The couple moving in to The Lime House are Chloe Thomas and her partner of six years Stuart-Carl Barnes.  The young couple have been living with their parents until now saving for their own place.  The news came just at the right time for them as they are expecting their first child in May.


Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said: “Many Welsh households are feeling the pinch of the economic climate and some are facing real fuel poverty, so making ends meet is as important as ever. This is a fantastic opportunity for two lucky families to experience how living in a low carbon property, developed with Welsh Government support and built using local expertise and sustainable local products, helps protect the environment while cutting down on household fuel bills.

“I wish the residents the best of happiness in their new properties and I look forward to hearing about their experiences of living in two of the most environmentally friendly homes in the UK.”

March 2012

More information on Larch and Lime House


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