passive design, solar gain, Cerredo Social housing, Spain, insulation, solar panels, solar heating, Zon-e Arquitectors, green design, sustainable design, eco design

Situated in a former mining town in the center of the Cantabrian mountains, the dark exterior is not only visually attractive, but increases the building’s solar gain. This ensures that each apartment, which has its own unique floor plan, size, and distribution, is kept as warm as possible during chilly winter months. And because social housing implies that people can’t really afford to spend a lot of money on energy, solar panels and high-performance insulation keep electricity bills to an absolute minimum. Lastly, each of the units will have spectacular views, demonstrating that subsidized housing can be affordable, beautiful, and inspiring!

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