Gallery: London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” Hous...

The students were inspired by previous Passivhaus designs and principles and that led them to choose the PV-T system, a combination of a PV array and solar thermal water heating system. This basically works as photovoltaic panels lose their efficiency at higher temperatures, thus the cooling effect from the water helps increase electrical output and the by-product of this is hot water that can then be used in the house. Further ideas that may be implemented in the design are grey-water tanks in the walls to add weight to their lightweight form, acting as a ballast depending on the location of the building and reducing water usage by recycling water for toilet flushing.

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