The majority of solar
houses are carbon neutral, which means that they produce zero carbon
emissions. There are many different types of solar energy utilized in
these homes including photovoltaic solar panels, and also solar
collectors for heating the home and water. Even the windows
designed to help heat the home. These homes are also built in a way
that reduces heat loss and allows the homes to be heated and cooled
solely through the use of solar energy.
Solar Housing Around the
There have been many solar
homes built recently and a lot of
information is available about the impact that these houses have on the
environment and the families that live in them. The Active House
Alliance is a non-profit organization based
in Brussels, Belgium that is dedicated to sharing information on solar
housing and they allow architects and engineers to upload photos and
information on solar powered homes that they have designed or
This allows anyone who is
interested in solar housing to learn more
about these homes and you can gain more information on how to transform
your home into a solar powered home. There are many homes on display
that have are more than carbon neutral and produce more energy that
they consume. One of the most interesting homes is called Isobo Aktiv
and was developed by Jadarhus in Norway.
This home makes use of
different solar technologies to create a completely self sufficient
home. This home is built to very exact specifications and is extremely
well insulated to almost completely eliminate heat loss. The
able to use solar energy to cover ninety five percent of the heating
needs and ninety percent of the hot water needs, while also generating
more than enough electricity to offset any additional energy needs
through the use of PV solar panels.
The house uses a control
link all of the homes functions together and all aspects can be
adjusted through the use of a single remote control. The home even
features a system which will respond to all user commands with a sound
or visual signal so you know the system is working properly.
these Jadarhus Isobo Aktiv solar powered homes have been built in
Norway in a community development known as Sandved Vest which consists
entirely of energy efficient homes and apartments.
These houses are
being sold as research units, meaning the family that purchases the
house does so on the conditions that they will keep a log of how the
house performs and their feelings about living there. This gives
Jadarhus a unique opportunity to study the effects and efficiency of
different types of solar technology and how they impact the overall
performance and livability of the houses.
Many of the solar homes
around the world use Velux products and
technologies, including roof windows and other components. Velux was
founded in Denmark over 60 years ago and is the leading developer of
passive solar technology for use in homes and commercial buildings.
Velux United Kingdom has recently designed and produced several
CarbonLight Homes in Kettering.
These homes are completely
neutral and designed to be both efficient and comfortable, while also
being very affordable for the normal British family.
CarbonLight Homes are part of their larger European wide
2020 program which is designed to develop sustainable and affordable
housing all over Europe.
The CarbonLight Homes that
were built in
Kettering have set the standard for the thousands of new model homes
that are set to be built in the region in the near future.
have also won many UK awards for energy efficiency and help to take a
big step towards allowing the typical family to live in a carbon
neutral home for around the same price as a traditional home.
Of Solar Homes
The future of solar
housing lies with the current group of young people
who are studying green or solar architecture and engineering. More and
more universities around the world are dedicating faculties to the
study of new green technology and this is resulting in new and exciting
breakthroughs in solar design.
Since 2002, the United
of Energy has sponsored the Solar
Decathlon which occurs every two
years and challenges twenty top universities to design and build unique
solar houses. The houses should be both energy efficient and cost
effective, as well as being aesthetically appealing as well.
is the team which best combines these features in a home which should
appeal to consumers and cost around the same amount as a typical
house. All of the houses designed for the competition are
required to produce
at least as much or more energy than they consume while also being
comfortable to live in.
The competition is open to
the public for free
and features workshops for both the public and commercial builders to
learn how to make their own homes more energy efficient. You can view
pictures of all of the houses and learn more about the competition at
Decathlon website. You can also view videos of all of the
workshops offered so you can learn more about how to turn your home
into a solar home.
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