Off-grid farmhouse scoops AwardAn off grid farmhouse designed by BRE Wales has scooped the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru Award for 2013.

BRE Wales describes Maes Yr Onn, which is based in the Welsh hills north of Caerphilly, as a super energy efficient, low carbon home which incorporates a range of green technologies that include solar photovoltaic panels, biomass boiler, thermal store, rainwater harvesting and battery bank to store surplus energy. The building itself has a super insulated fabric, an earth sheltered plant room, and uses local wood and stone as cladding.

The Davies family, who live in the property, wanted an inspirational modern farmhouse that overcame the challenges of the stunning and isolated Manmoel location which had no access to electricity, gas, water or sewerage services.

Nick Tune, Director of BRE Wales, said: "We are very proud to have worked on Maes Yr Onn right through from creating the initial concept to the happy occupancy by the Davies family. There are a lot of challenges in delivering an off-grid home where there is zero access to services – the homes and the technologies it incorporates must deliver. It's a project that we hope will inspire other people and developers to demand more from the homes they live in and build."