Gallery: Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores...

 
Natural lighting - thanks to strategic orientation - further ensures the project's energy efficiency

Casa Locarno doesn’t use any conventional energy at all. Instead, all of its power is generated by rooftop solar panels and underfloor heating. What energy is not used immediately is stored in a 1,050 gallon water tank in the basement. And during winter, when it’s cloudy, additional energy can be captured through a heat exchange system linked up to the cozy indoor fireplace. Naturally lit and insulated up the wahoo, this home is the quintessential sustainable Swiss villa.

+ designyougo

Via World Architecture News

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  1. Moshe Chertoff December 17, 2011 at 5:52 am

    This seems inspiring. But there’s not enough about how it works to take me to this solution when I remake my house in 3 years. I need to know:
    [1] how the tub stores the energy.
    [2] how these few solar panels collect enough energy in Switzerland. I would assume that, living in Israel, I should be able to do it far easier.
    [3] what insulation materials were used. I plan on using bales of hay for the entire perimeter of my house.
    [4] how installed the heat exchange system works.
    [5] how the underfloor heating system can be powered by so little solar energy.
    [6] how the roof agriculture is so thin, yet helps in a major way.
    In any case, power to them. It is both beautiful and an inspiration.

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