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Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun

Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The city of London has covered the roof of its Blackfriar's Bridge (part of the Blackfriar's Railway Station) with 4,400 photovoltaic solar panels. The new solar array will have the capacity to convert enough solar energy to make 80,000 cups of tea a day. Since the energy created is entirely carbon free, the photovoltaic cells will reduce the station's carbon footprint by 511 tons, or an average of 89,000 car trips per year.

Solar arrays usually appear on the rooftops of buildings, or as part of large solar farms outside of cities–which makes the Blackfriar's Bridge all the more impressive. The project marks an ambitious effort to convert rail infrastructure—which itself consumes a sizable about of energy each year—to help solve the complex climate puzzle.

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Arianna Smith's curator insight, February 11, 2014 2:40 PM

Solar energy being used to dazzle the people. Not only does it look awesome but it's heading the world in the right direction. It's carbon free, which means it helps the environment. I'm  not entirely sure if it can generate a lot of energy, but it's defiantly a path I'm willing to follow. The buildings they created look like something out of a science fiction film! It's crazy. Not everyone nor every country has solar energy accessible to them(whether it's climate or price). But the people that can, should use it. I think this is a great way to showcase Solar Energy to the world.

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Mullen Street residence by Craig Steely Architecture

Mullen Street residence by Craig Steely Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The quiet, sunny location of this difficult site generated a wholly unique arrangement of space, not typical to the city-- a San Francisco house where the main ideas expressed are transparency, sunlight, and a direct connection to nature.


The house will integrate photovoltaic panels, a sod roof, and 25' timber bamboo growing through the house...

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Energy Efficient Surfside Residence by Stelle Architects

Energy Efficient Surfside Residence by Stelle Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Stelle Architects have completed another project in the town of Bridgehampton, NY. Surfside. The private residence rests steps away from the shore, in an exposed Atlantic-Ocean environment. and is well integrated in its landscape.

The architects describe the project as a “simple rectangular pavilion clinging to the dunes where water meets land. The volume is opened up to the waterside with large expanses of glass contrasting with a more solid but punctured façade to the street side. The house is secured against the power of the ocean with a steel frame work. Materials were chosen for their strength and durability against the salt water environment. Natural ventilation maximizes the ocean breezes, limiting mechanical cooling. Photovoltaic cells, hot water panels and geothermal heat pumps capture natural energy, reducing energy demand“.

The residence consists of a main unit, guest annexe, garage for two cars and a swimming pool. Interiors are elegant. the simple finishes requiring little maintenance.

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Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects

Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Designed by Christensen & Co. Architects for kindergarten age and younger, this solar-powered, net-positive energy building is sited on a triangular lot in Copenhagen's bedroom community of Hoersholm.

The roof's design was ideal for mounting the photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, which are positioned to capture the most light possible. With 2,691 square feet of PV panels, "the building produces 0.75 kWh per square foot more than it consumes each year," according to Treldal, exporting energy during the eight months of the year with the most sunlight, and importing it during the four months of shorter days. A green roof of sedum is interspersed among the panels, cooling the building, the panels, and controlling storm-water runoff. High-performance wood, compressed to ensure hardness, clads the exterior...

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Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design

Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The itHouse is a design system developed by Taalman Koch that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product.


Conceived as a small house with glass walls and open floor plan, the itHouse maximizes the relationship of the occupant to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the building’s impact on delicate site conditions.

Energy efficiency is achieved in the itHouse through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels...

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Casa Solare by Studio Albori

Casa Solare by Studio Albori | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Albori architecture studio, Emanuele Almagioni, Giacomo Borella and Francesca Riva, designed “Casa Solare” perched 1750 m above sea level in the village of Vens, Val d'Aosta. The use of locally sourced, untreated larch to build this striking retreat has connected it with its surroundings and allowed its roots to spread. This wood will change colour in time, so the home will blend into the mountain landscape even further.

Casa Solare owes its name to the master of the house - solar energy , which is used in a number of ways: it is directly collected through the windows situated on the southern façade, released more slowly by the minerals in the PCM (Phase Change Material) panes integrated into the façade, then turned into power by the photovoltaic panels on the roof...

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M. Bouziane's curator insight, August 20, 2013 8:22 PM

one of many applications of PCM. Phase changing material is an efficient way to consume energy.

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Curved House by Hufft Projects

Curved House by Hufft Projects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Curved House is a modern residence with distinctive lines. Conceived in plan as a U-shaped form, this residence features a courtyard that allows for a private retreat to an outdoor pool and a custom fire pit. The master wing flanks one side of this central space while the living spaces, a pool cabana, and a view to an adjacent creek form the remainder of the perimeter. A signature masonry wall gently curves in two places signifying both the primary entrance and the western wall of the pool cabana.

An eclectic and vibrant material palette of brick, Spanish roof tile, Ipe, Western Red Cedar, and various interior finish tiles add to the dramatic expanse of the residence. The client’s interest in suitability is manifested in numerous locations, which include a photovoltaic array on the cabana roof, a geothermal system, radiant floor heating, and a design which provides natural daylighting and views in every room.

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Oficina Vidre Negre

Oficina Vidre Negre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Oficina Vidre Negre was born as a contemporary sculpture, a symbol of a dynamic and continuous development...

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance.
The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels...

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