THE CABIN IS PART OF THE GREEN APPLE PROJECT AND VISITORS CAN EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTAND HOW LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENTS OFFER POSITIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES WE FACE TODAY.
The eco-cabin which has been constructed at Green Apple, South Pembrokeshire, is one of the very few buildings constructed in Wales under the provisions of low impact development. The requirements of this supplementary planning guidance is very exacting and discussions with the planners were lengthy. Use of the building is closely tied with the overall plan for the site – the whole being as close to nature with the lowest possible ecological impact.
The cabin is to be built of timber which has been sourced and milled locally. The low pitched roof and the larch boarded walls will ensure that the dwelling is in harmony with the countryside in which it is set. A compost WC has been constructed and the addition of a wood-fired/solar shower is in progress.
The dwelling has been designed to use the minimum amount of energy by being super insulated, airtight and very carefully detailed. The energy it uses will be renewable, sourced by burning timber logs and supplemented with solar power. The sustainable energy design is based on Passivhaus principles, originally developed on the continent, and is now recognised in this country as the most advanced form of eco building design.