Kier tops out at UK’s first passivhaus care home

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The main structure of the St Loyes extra care home scheme is now complete for the £9.8m development that will be the first passivhaus standard care home in the country

The passivhaus care home is set to open in autumn this year and the building’s internal environment will provide unique heat, air and water features for optimum comfort as well as being energy efficient.

Topping out of the main structure is an important milestone for St Loyes extra care home scheme that is set to provide comfortable living space with low energy costs for its residents when it opens and provide longevity as the building will adapt to predicted weather conditions.

Kier was joined by councillors from Exeter City Council to celebrate topping out at St Loyes extra care home scheme.

As part of Exeter Council’s climate strategy, and utilising Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080, the new passivhaus care home will adapt to changing weather climates – from rising temperatures to storms.

St Loyes extra care home scheme

Situated off Topsham Road in Exeter, the St Loyes extra care home scheme will comprise of 53 apartments that have been carefully designed to meet the needs of its residents, the elderly and those requiring dementia care.

Across the 5-storey building, there will also be lounges, dining rooms, hobby spaces including a library, as well as a salon and spa treatment room. Surrounding the building will be landscaped gardens

Giving the opportunity to receive care while remaining independent

Doug Lloyd, operations director at Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “We are extremely proud to be working with Exeter City Council to build the UK’s first passivhaus standard care home.

“Working with our local supply chain, we will spend the coming months completing the building ready for opening in autumn. During this time, we will continue to engage with the local community and showcase all that this building will have to offer residents of Exeter for years to come.”

Council leader, Phil Bialyk said: “We’ve reached a key milestone in the construction of this amazing building and I couldn’t be more pleased.

“Exeter is committed to becoming a net-zero carbon city by 2030, and the Council is leading by example, constructing both new council housing and other developments to super energy efficient standards.

“That is important in lifting people out of fuel poverty, and it’s also important in reducing carbon emissions as we work towards our ambitious target of becoming a net-zero carbon city by 2030.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for adult care and health, said: “We would all rather be able to stay living in our own homes as our health deteriorates.

“Extra care housing like this, alongside personal care delivered in the community, is giving people that opportunity to receive the care they need while remaining as independent as possible in their own home.”

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