En­vi­ron­men­tal el­e­ments

Element - - Architecture -

New Zealand may be near­ing a tip­ping point in en­vi­ron­men­tal con­struc­tion, but we’re not there yet. The cost of some tech­nolo­gies still has a way to fall be­fore their in­clu­sion in build­ing projects be­comes com­mon­place. On this house, for ex­am­ple, the ar­chi­tects and clients in­ves­ti­gated installing so­lar pho­to­voltaics, which con­vert so­lar ra­di­a­tion into electricity which can be used, stored or sold into the grid, but de­cided the ben­e­fits did not yet jus­tify the cost. So­lar pan­els, which di­rectly heat water, have been used, how­ever, and rain­wa­ter is col­lected from the roof, and the con­crete †oor func­tions as a heat sink.

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