Gale & Snowden | New PassivHaus flats adjacent to Rennes Tower

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Progress on-site for more Council homes in Exeter

Work on a  social housing scheme is progressing well on-site and the next generation of council-owned homes are being realised for a Local Authority in the South West.

Work commenced in September on 26 new flats in adjacent to Rennes Tower, Pinhoe, Exeter which signify the latest and largest housing development that Gale & Snowden Architects has undertaken with Exeter City Council (ECC).  The Passivhaus scheme, incorporating Building Biology principles, marks almost ten years of teamwork, delivering low energy, healthy homes for Council tenants. The design represents the latest step in Gale & Snowden’s evolutionary approach to Passivhaus aimed at reducing costs, simplifying and speeding up construction, enhancing collaboration with the contractor, and optimising building performance for future climate scenarios.

The four-storey development on Vaughan Road is being built by CG Fry with whom G&S worked on Reed Walk and Bevan House, two previous ECC housing schemes which were completed in 2015 and 2013 respectively.  Once complete, it will take the tally of G&S Passivhaus social housing units in Exeter over the 100 mark!

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26 Passivhaus flats for Exeter City Council Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd

Building on Gale & Snowden’s previous experience with Passivhaus, this project for Exeter City Council explores an alternative construction methodology based around monolithic clay external walls.  These large format blocks and thin bed mortar system allow for increased speed of construction and, once the homes are finished, the hygroscopic properties of the clay blocks buffer and moderate humidity levels providing a stable, healthy internal environment.

The scheme is due for completion in 2017.

Zehnder | Case Study – Knights Place in Exeter

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Case Study – Knights Place in Exeter

Built to the highest level of energy efficient construction, with MVHR from Zehnder Group UK, Knights Place in Exeter has set new PassiveHaus design standards within the social housing sector.

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Knights Place PassiveHaus housing is a sustainable social housing development of 18 one and two-bedroom apartments, designed by Gale & Snowden Architects for Exeter City Council.

Built with meticulous attention to detail, the two blocks have been designed to strict PassiveHaus standards, which deliver high comfort levels for residents via a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery (MVHR). This produces consistent and uniform internal temperatures and excellent air quality whilst minimising energy use for heating and cooling, resulting in significantly reduced energy bills. Knights Place is amongst the first multi-residential, certified PassiveHaus houses in the UK.

With MVHR an integral feature of all PassiveHaus developments, it was essential that a highly efficient, quality MVHR system was specified for Knight’s Place, enabling the buildings to meet stringent energy performance criteria. Offering excellent rewards in Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) through the Dwelling Emission Rates calculation, Zehnder’s ComfoAir 200 whole house heat recovery system was specified for each apartment. Guaranteeing the provision of optimum quality indoor air all year round, the CA200 recovers heat from the warm air extracted from kitchens and bathrooms and transfers it to the fresh incoming air supplied to living rooms and bedrooms. The CA200 system provides both the ventilation and heating needs at Knights Place – no other heating system is required. As the heat loss in each flat is so minimal, this is met during winter extremes via a small air heater in the supply air duct just after the heat exchanger.

 

Gale & Snowden | Bevan House

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Opening ceremony for ground-breaking development in Exeter

Bevan House was handed over to the client and tenants at a ceremony today with Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Hannaford and Sovereign Housing Association.

The affordable housing flats are part of Exeter City Council’s plans to provide more quality housing accommodation in Exeter that are affordable for the occupants to run.  The development was designed by Gale & Snowden Architects and Engineers to Passivhaus principles and were built by CG Fry & Son Contractors.

Image: Jonathon Bosley Photography courtesy of CG Fry & Son
Image: Jonathon Bosley Photography courtesy of CG Fry & Son

The development features:

Super insulation and thermal bridge free design
High performance triple glazed timber windows and doors
Air tight design achieving 0.5 ac/hr
93% efficient MVHR
Thermal mass design providing inter-seasonal internal temperature stability
Designed to meet Lifetime Homes standard, Code 4, Secured by Design, optimum daylight levels throughout
Bevan House is currently being assessed for Passivhaus certification

Purely through passive design elements, the new flats at Bevan House will use approximately 75% less heating energy when compared to a standard UK building (2010 Building Regulation requirements), making it truly affordable for its tenants without compromising on comfort or indoor air quality.

Bevan House will provide exemplary, affordable housing, built to the highest standard of energy efficient construction.  This project shows again that we can successfully target fuel poverty and combat climate change at the same time.

AJ | Architype gets go-ahead for Passivhaus elderly housing scheme

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13 April

Architype gets go-ahead for Passivhaus elderly housing scheme

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Architype has won planning for a £9.8 million extra-care housing project in Exeter

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The 4,200m2 scheme for Exeter Council includes 53 one and two bedroom flats designed specifically for the over 60s.

According to the practice, the extra-care housing ‘offers the freedom to live independently in self-contained apartments by providing a “home-for-life” with varying levels of care and support as and when residents need it’.

The five-storey Passivhaus development will include lounges, dining rooms with roof terraces, hobby spaces, a salon and spa treatment rooms.

The scheme is expected to start on site in September.

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Architect’s view

The development will be built to the low-energy Passivhaus standard to reduce energy use and make the homes more affordable for tenants. The scheme adopts the council’s Design for Future Climate Change requirements to improve the resilience of the building using Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080. The scheme also takes into account Building Biology recommendations, by to reduce physical, chemical and biological risks and eliminate toxic materials and electro-magnetic radiation, which to creates a natural, healthy-living environment.

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Project data

Location St. Loye’s, Exeter
Type of project extra-care housing
Client Exeter City Council
Architect Architype
Project manager Arcadis
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant E3 Consulting
Acoustician ION Acoustics
Landscape Churchman Landscape Architects
Start date on-site expected September 2016
Gross internal floor area 4,200m2
Form of contract Design & Build
Cost £9.8 million
Predicted energy demands 15kWh/m2.a (heating), 120kWh/m2.a (primary energy)
Specific environmental target Passivhaus

Official opening of ECC’s new #PassivHaus properties on Barberry Close and Silverberry Close

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Investing in a brighter future

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Fourteen families have moved into new ecologically friendly, high tech homes built by Exeter City Council as part of a project to make the most of underused spaces in the city and create affordable housing for local people.

Silverberry Close and Barberry Close provide a total of 14 new three-bedroom properties, including two fully wheelchair accessible homes. These rented houses are now providing comfortable living space for families who were waiting for a suitable place to live on Exeter’s Housing Register.

The buildings are designed to be as ecological, low energy and affordable for tenants. Built to Passive house standard – a benchmark for low energy homes – each property contains a host of clever methods of saving energy:

• The properties are triple glazed and highly insulated to retain as much heat as possible
• The timber windows and doors provide maximum air tightness, to stop draughts and help reduce heat loss and prevent condensation
• A mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system ensures that hot damp air is removed from the kitchens and bathrooms, with the heat recycled and used to heat the rest of the house. This also allows each house to be ventilated, reducing cold spots
• Energy monitors will be provided, to allow tenants to keep track of how much electricity they are using day to day
• Rainwater collection and low water use fittings on all bathrooms and kitchens will reduce water usage in the homes by up to 60%

All this means the new families moving in will have significantly reduced fuel and water bills, and the homes themselves are contributing to a low carbon, ecologically sound future.

Barberry Close was previously a small underused green space off Bennett Square, and Silverberry Close was the site of the disused former Whipton Methodist Church. These underutilised areas have now been transformed to provide new homes, regenerating the area for local communities and investing in a brighter future for these parts of Exeter.

Cllr Rob Hannaford, Lead Councillor for Housing Revenue Account, said: “These new houses are a great addition to the Council housing portfolio and will be greatly appreciated by the fourteen families that live in them, whilst also reducing the Council housing waiting list in Exeter.”

Cllr Sutton, Lead Councillor for City Development, said: “The Council is committed to building good quality, low energy housing, in an attempt to reduce fuel poverty and ensure the longevity of its housing stock for future generations.”

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Ben Bradshaw MP and friends cut the ribbon at Silverberry Close
Ben Bradshaw MP and friends cut the ribbon at Silverberry Close

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Families viewing @ECC_Housing #PassivHaus #SocialHousing this afternoon!

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Shelter say you can only solve an affordable #HousingCrisis by building genuinely #AffordableHomes

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Green Party call for a cross party campaign by local Councils to specify ‘Passivhaus’ low energy building standards

31/07/15 | Opening of @ECC_Housing #PassivHaus #SocialHousing

Opening of 14 @ECC_Housing #PassivHaus #SocialHousing properties

Sovereign Housing Association | New Passivhaus development in Exeter

The architects Gale & Snowden – pioneers in their work on PassivHaus properties – announce on their website the opening ceremony for a ground-breaking development in Exeter.

Bevan House was handed over to the client and tenants at a ceremony on 17 October 2013 with Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Hannaford and Sovereign Housing Association.

The affordable housing flats are part of Exeter City Council’s plans to provide more quality housing accommodation in Exeter that are affordable for the occupants to run.  The development was designed by Gale & Snowden Architects and Engineers to Passivhaus principles and were built by CG Fry & Son Contractors.

Image: Jonathon Bosley Photography courtesy of CG Fry & Son
Image: Jonathon Bosley Photography courtesy of CG Fry & Son

The development features:
– Super insulation and thermal bridge free design
– High performance triple glazed timber windows and doors
– Air tight design achieving 0.5 ac/hr
– 93% efficient MVHR
– Thermal mass design providing inter-seasonal internal temperature stability

Designed to meet Lifetime Homes standard, Code 4, Secured by Design, optimum daylight levels throughout, Bevan House is currently being assessed for Passivhaus certification

Purely through passive design elements, the new flats at Bevan House will use approximately 75% less heating energy when compared to a standard UK building (2010 Building Regulation requirements), making it truly affordable for its tenants without compromising on comfort or indoor air quality.

Bevan House will provide exemplary, affordable housing, built to the highest standard of energy efficient construction.  This project shows again that we can successfully target fuel poverty and combat climate change at the same time.