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Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement
Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 15, 2011 @ 9:56 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment,Green Building,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment
The beautiful 5 bedroom solar-powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland has been scooping up all kinds of prizes lately, and we can see why. Fashioned from Larch Wood, Fascia and Attica panels and situated astride the beautiful Lake Maggiore, the entire home designed by designyougo is oriented towards a dramatic mountain vista. A large cantilever roof provides shading and the Skyframe just below it will eventually be filled with ranking wine and a host of other greenery. But the most impressive feature of this home is its innovative solar storage solution.
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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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/casa-locarno-designyougo-1.jpg
 solar panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_panel
 underfloor heating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underfloor_heating
 heat exchange system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_exchanger
 + designyougo: http://www.designyougo.com/projects.html
 World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=18301
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