Chester Long Court
Chester Long Court delivers 26 high quality, affordable, healthy, low energy homes. Utilising a monolithic clay block construction with high performance render and wet plaster gives a mineral wall build-up which is hygroscopic, helping regulate internal humidity.
Passivhaus means the scheme has consistent and comfortable indoor temperatures and air quality. Heating bills are dramatically reduced helping lift tenants out of fuel poverty. The scheme has been designed to mitigate predicted future climate change using Exeter University’s Prometheus weather data.
These flats provide exemplar healthy living conditions using Building Biology principles featuring: non-toxic materials and surfaces; excellent air quality; high levels of thermal comfort and daylight; and wiring design to minimise electromagnetic radiation.
Project location: Exeter
Completion date: November 2018
Building size: 1840m2
Construction cost: £3.5m
Construction type: Masonry
Building use: Residential
Building standards: Passivhaus certified, Building Biology, Lifetime Homes
Architect/designer: Gale and Snowden
Client: Exeter City Council
Contractors: CG Fry
Consultant: Randall Simmonds LLP,
Jenkins Hansford Partnership, Structurehaus
Clay blocks (Porotherm, Wienerberger)
Mineral paints (Optil, Keim Paints)
Aluminium clad timber triple glazed windows (Rationel)
FSC certified timber and zinc standing seam roof (Rheinzink)