At the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) awards, held on 19th May 2011, two schemes designed by Gale & Snowden for Exeter City Council scooped the ARCH Award 2011 for Innovation and Sustainability.
The two developments at Rowan House (3 flats) and Knights Place (18 flats), are among the first social housing accommodation in the UK to be built using the Passivhaus method for an apartment development.  Rowan House was completed at the end of 2010 and Knights Place is due for completion this month.
Exeter City Council successfully bid for grant funding to build the 21 new homes and worked closely with tenants to understand their preferences in relation to sustainable housing, and with Gale & Snowden to deliver the projects.

For more information please visit the Knights Place and Rowan House pages on our website.

9 of the 18 Passivhaus flats at Knights Place, Merlin Crescent, Exeter.
Gale & Snowden Architects provide a full Passivhaus design service as well as a consultancy service to support their clients with the Passivhaus aspects of their projects including:
  • Individual design consultancy to meet the stringent criteria required by the Passivhaus standard for developers, contractors and designers
  • Advice on economic design strategies to reduce the energy demand
  • PHPP calculations
  • Thermal bridging analysis
  • Air tightness consultancy and detailing
  • Full Passivhaus compliant MVHR design service
  • CPD seminars covering Passivhaus design principles, achieving the air tightness and using the PHPP
  • Individually organized guided Passivhaus tours to exemplar projects in Germany and the UK
Gale & Snowden Architects’ team of certified Passivhaus designers have more than 3 years experience in designing to this standard in the UK context and have been involved with all work stages of the design, detailing and delivery of some of the first Passivhaus Houses in the UK through to practical completion.
For further information please visit the Passivhaus design consultancy page on our website.