Extra Care for Exeter. Gale & Snowden Architects
“I really enjoyed the presentation on this project. They are confident that they can provide a safe thermal environment for vulnerable older occupants to 2050 using a passive design. My favourite part is the knowledge that older people in the UK aren’t used to passive homes and so they are building in an alert system to prompt occupants to close their windows when the temperature is higher outside than inside.
Another lovely aspect of this project is that they took the opportunity to totally redesign the care home to have bedrooms facing north and the living rooms facing south and overlooking communal gardens to give a sense of other people being around. It’s not just a design to avoid overheating above 25 degrees, but also designed to be a more pleasant place to live.”
Dr. Fionnuala Costello – Lead Technologist, Low Impact Buildings, Technology Strategy Board