The creation of solar energy panels revolutionized how human beings could consume energy. Instead of using high carbon-footprint fossil fuels, solar energy could reduce a household’s total carbon-footprint and utility costs. For decades, solar panels have been applied to existing buildings. In this fashion, the clunky panels may not appear as the most aesthetically pleasing sights. To counter-act this trend, a new wave of architects trained in the field of solar architecture are approaching new building designs to include solar technology naturally into the designs. This not only fits solar panels to new buildings, but it creates new solar powered buildings that help minimize energy costs and carbon-footprints.
How Solar Architecture Works
The FKP Building in Brisbane, Australia is one example of solar buildings, which are designed with solar technology within the building.
Solar architects want to incorporate solar technology into the building’s utility infrastructure. With this in mind, new buildings can be produced that are aesthetically appealing since the solar panels can be better incorporated or placed onto the buildings.
Passive Building Design
One way solar architects help to create solar buildings is through the architectural approach known as passive building design. This is where the architect crafts a building that maximizes the use of the Sun’s light. This may come in the form of window placement, the type of walls used, and how floors are made. These items are crafted and used in a way that actually absorb light and heat from the Sun. With or without the use of solar panels, solar buildings under passive building designs can absorb light and heat to keep the tenants of the building warm throughout the day without using any natural gas or oil to heat the building.
The passive building design is considered one of the most popular ways to create solar powered buildings without trying to conform solar panels into the building design. Solar architects craft new buildings in a such a way that even on cloudy days, sunlight and solar rays help to power through specially designed windows to warm and power the house. In addition, passive designs create unique roof structures that deflect heat from the Sun during the summer while absorbing solar energy. This keeps buildings cool in the summer while powering the electrical systems.
Clean Energy Architecture
Whether its designing buildings with solar panels and other moving parts or through passive designs, newer buildings are reducing their carbon-footprints radically. Even if fossil fuel heating is used in conjunction with passive design, most building owners will see their utility bills reduced thanks to passive designs or using solar energy panels. In addition, the radical reduction in coal-based electricity or gas and oil home heating helps the environment. The next generation of solar architects are prepared to make some of the most aesthetically pleasing buildings that take into account environmental considerations through solar energy use.