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Architectural Integration

Architectural Implications in the Building Integration of Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems – Introduction of a taxonomy and evaluation methodology (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 29, 2014

This paper was presented at the World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference held in Barcelona and organized by Green Building Council España. The three authors of the document come from the University of Cyprus.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Forced Circulation Systems for Single Family Houses.

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of forced circulation solar thermal systems in single family houses.

It provides information and technical criteria to privilege the installation of certain types of small solar thermal systems over other ones. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and technical specifications required for the correct integration of a Solar Thermal System in a conventional installation of domestic hot water. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.  

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Centralized Systems for Multi-Family Houses- Chile

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 19, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of centralized solar thermal systems in multi-family houses. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and minimum technical specifications required for the correct installation of a centralised solar thermal water heating the system. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques. 

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Thermosiphon Sytems for Single Family Houses (Chile- 2013).

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 15, 2014

This technical guide provides technical explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of solar thermal systems of the thermosiphon type in single family houses. It provides information and technical criteria needed to choose the most suitable system of solar water heating for single family houses according several technical conditions. It investigates the architectural criteria, technical variables and technical specifications required for the integration of a thermosyphon solar thermal system in a typical domestic hot water installation of a single family house. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.

China: Utopia Garden Sets New Standard for Architectural Integration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 10, 2012

 Utopia Garden The solar installations above the apartment blocks of the “Utopia Garden” Project in the Chinese city of Dezhou attract attention even from a distance. The 504 vacuum tube collectors have been placed horizontally in a massive metal casing that has the form of a wave and covers the entire roof of the building. The solar fields with a gross collector area of around 1,400 m² consist of pressurised heat-pipe vacuum tubes, which harness the sun on the roof and feed it into a central heating and cooling system that runs through the entire building complex.
Photo: Himin Solar

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