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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

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Casa Locarno doesn’t use any conventional energy at all. Instead, all of its power is generated by rooftop solar panels [2] and underfloor heating [3]. 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 [4] linked up to the cozy indoor fireplace. Naturally lit and insulated up the wahoo, this home is the quintessential sustainable Swiss villa.

+ designyougo [5]

Via World Architecture News [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/casa-locarno-designyougo-1.jpg

[2] solar panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_panel

[3] underfloor heating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underfloor_heating

[4] heat exchange system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_exchanger

[5] + designyougo: http://www.designyougo.com/projects.html

[6] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=18301

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