Tuesday, 6 November 2012

First affordable multi-residential buildings in UK to receive ‘Passive House Certification’

18 flats at Knights Place, designed by Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd., have officially received 'Passive House Certification' by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.  The affordable housing scheme in Exeter consists of two, three-storey blocks of flats and was completed in 2011.  Knights Place together with Rowan House, which also received Passive House Certification earlier this year, are the first affordable multi-residential buildings to achieve Passive House Certification in the UK.

These developments provide quality, affordable accommodation that is both comfortable and healthy to live in.  The low energy standard allows for low running costs for the tenants which aids in defeating fuel poverty.

The Client, Structural and Civil Engineers were Exeter City Council and the Architects, Passivhaus Certified Designers, Building Services Engineers and Landscape Architects were Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd.

These developments are currently being extensively monitored for two years through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Building Evaluation Programme (BPE), the results of which will be regularly uploaded to our blog and published.


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