Exeter students explore innovative housing project

Rennes House, which is being built by CG Fry & Son on behalf of Exeter City Council, is a development of 61 new one and two-bedroom apartments for people over the age of 60, off Vaughan Road.

The homes are being built to low energy Passivhaus standard – designed to reuse heat through a ventilator and provide a comfortable room temperature without needing much energy.

The Construction team at C G Fry & Son, together with Architects, Gale & Snowden and Project Managers Randall and Simmonds took the students on a tour round site.

Jonathan Barattini of Gale & Snowden said: “It was fantastic to show the students around Rennes House and help them learn more about the different techniques we’re using to reduce the home’s emissions.

“Rennes House is a very important project for the city and may act as a glimpse in to how future developments may be built to these low-energy standards.”

David Gifford, Programme Leader for Professional Construction Studies at Exeter College, said: “This was a great way to get the next generation of builders involved with low-energy homes. I’d like to thank the project team for taking the time to talk to us.

“We enjoyed learning directly from the team about how a home is created to the Passivhaus criteria and this innovative approach to building homes.”

George Richards, Site Manager for CG Fry & Son, said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people really engaging on site and asking some interesting questions.

For more information about the Passivhaus and CG Fry & Son’s developments across the South West, visit www.cgfry.co.uk