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29 November

People Have Spoken-Keep The Oil In The Ground & Let The SunShine In

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"Our shoes will march for us." Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club

“Our shoes will march for us.” Symbolic & poignant Silent March by 20,000 pairs of shoes in Paris on Nov. 29, 2015. (credit: Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club)

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I’ve been away for quite a while. But this event definitely needs to be shared, despite how busy life may get. Even though the focus of Sun Is The Future is to promote, educate, and share information regarding solar energy, please do keep in mind that the transition into use of solar energy would help to reduce pollution, solve energy problem, slow down climate change, eliminate international conflicts, and generate local jobs and economy.

This may seem to be the worst of times, but it holds the promise of a future for the best of times….on this eve of the COP 21 climate talks (when leaders of nearly 200 countries will be joining for a global conference on climate change in Paris), climate activists and Parisians once again stepped up with creativity, in Place de Republique, to demonstrate not only to those in the City of the Light, but also to all of those around the world: placing about 20,000 pairs of shoes as a symbol of the poignant “silent march,” after being told by French authorities that they couldn’t march in Paris.This is a way of symbolically and powerfully joining the climate march and each pair of shoes shows the determination of Parisians to have their voices heard on climate change,” said Iain Keith of Avaaz, which helped plan the action. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon dropped off a pair of his running shoes, saying, “As the world gathers in Paris to stand up for climate action, let us also stand in the shoes of all victims of terrorism, war and persecution and respond with compassion.” Pope Francis sent along a pair of shoes to be placed on his behalf.

Human Chain in Paris demanding the oil be kept under the ground (credit: 360.org)

Human Chain (nearly 10,000 people participated in the human chain, according to Agence France Presse) in Paris demanding the oil to be kept under the ground (credit: 350.org)



When the clock struck noon in Paris today (Nov. 29, 2015), thousands of Parisians and activists joined hands to form a human chain down Boulevard Voltaire, starting from Place de Republique, passing the Bataclan Theater (where most of the lives were taken during the tragic attacks of November 13th), and down to Place de la Nation. At the Bataclan, participants left a 100-meter gap for the memorials that line the sidewalks. Nearly 10,000 people participated in this human chain, according to Agence France Presse.

Human Chain in Paris (credit: Ben & Jerry's)

Human Chain in Paris, on November 29, 2015, from near Place de Republique to Place de la Nation  (credit: Ben & Jerry’s)

We joined hands today against climate change and violence,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org. “People here in Paris, and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.” In London an estimated 50,000 showed up. In Belfast and Berlin and Barcelona, climate activists took to the streets. Here in the United States, climate marches are underway in New York and Nashville, in Louisville and (later today) in Los Angeles. In Bargny, Senegal, demonstrators flowed through the streets. Please allow me to share some of the images by 350.org of marches (Global Climate March) that broke out in Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Australia2 350.org final

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is   time to let our Sun Shine In Throughout Our Planet Earth It Is Time To Let Our SunShine In for it is the Clean and Renewable Energy such as Solar and Wind Energy that will slow down the climate change, solve pollution and energy problem, reduce international conflicts, enable prosperity for clean energy industry by creating more local jobs. Leaders of the world, will you be riding on the top of the wave of  Solar Tsunami or below it ?! The decision is yours!

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11 July

GemaSolar Power Plant-World’s First Solar Powered Catwalk, via Jessica Minh Anh!

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Solar Energy Has Arrived! Gemasolar Power Plant, a concentrated solar power plant with a molten salt heat storage system, located within the city limits of Fuentes de Andalucía in the province of Seville, Spain ,

Gamesolar Power Plant of Spain (attrib: Koza 1983)

Gemasolar Power Plant of Spain (attrib: Koza 1983),

is not only the first plant in the world to create a system that produces 24 hour a day electricity using only the power of the sun,it’s also been known to serve as the backdrop for various campaigns to set future trends (e.g.Louis Vuitton, Mercedes Benz and Ford). For the first time, in July (on July 17, 2015) of this year, this desert solar power plant in Spain will showcase the combination of haute couture and high end ready-to-wear collections from the 100-meter catwalk surrounded by circular formation of mirrors.

 This  spectacular event is organized and hosted by the famous Jessica Minh Anh, who is known for turning the most iconic venues into fantastic catwalks! She is the only fashion show organizer who has gained exclusive permission to some of the most phenomenal venues on earth (such as Grand Canyon Skywalk of USA, Eiffel Tower of France, London’s Tower Bridge of UK, Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge of Malaysia, Costa Atlantica of Dubai, or Gardens by the Bay’s OCBC Skyway of Singapore, etc.). Jessica’s status as the global fashion sensation and self-made entrepreneur is solidified by: FashionTV, Canale 5 Italia, Marie Claire, Le Nouvel Observateur, to name a few. She currently resides in Paris, France, and continues to travel the world in hosting her Unconventional Catwalks.  Press coverage for Jessica Minh Anh may be found on www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and her daily update is at www.facebook.com/jessicaminhanhpage .

 As Jessica walks down this catwalk on July 17, 2015, the world will take note that Solar Energy belongs to the new generation of the multi-talented, bold, creative, and beautiful, just like Jessica Minh Anh.  Plant manager Raul Mendoza Ruiz said, “Gemasolar is an international symbol of the next generation of power plants and represents the future, as Jessica does in fashion.” This J. Summer Show of 2015 will be filmed from various angles, using flying drones to highlight the sunlight’s effect on the stunning circular concentrated solar power plant. With solar energy’s exponential growth pattern, one may anticipate many many more solar power plants of various sizes to be rising up from all corners of the planet earth, be ready to surpass hydropower within a decade. The simple fact that Solar Power Plant may be considered to be used as a fashion catwalk reflects the essence of Solar Energy: it is bountiful, clean, healthy, free from conflicts, and accepted by all. We look forward to more catwalks such as Gemasolar in the Solar Future. We will also look forward to Jessica showcasing solar wearables in the future.

~have a bright and sunny day~
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28 May

Let’s Follow France’s Law To Sun-Up Rooftops

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France is in favor of the Solar and  Green Future (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

France is in favor of the Solar and Green Future (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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C., thank you for alerting me to the law that was recently (in March, 2015) passed by the French governing body, requiring roof tops of new French commercial buildings to be either partially covered by solar panels

Solar PV (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Solar PV (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

or plants. This law was the product of compromise between French environmentalists and the more conservative members of the parliament. Initially, the French environmental activists wanted to make it mandatory to have all new buildings to be covered with green roofs, but the Socialist government convinced these activists to limit the scope of the law to new commercial buildings/rooftops.

Hopefully, this law will enable France to catch up to its neighbors.  Solar PV capacity in France has increased much more slowly than in Germany, Spain or Italy in the past, Reuters reported in November of 2014. In June of last year, France had 5,095 megawatts of PV capacity, accounting for 1 percent of the energy consumption in the first half of 2014. Neighboring Germany had almost 37,000 MW.

Other places such as Australia, Germany, Canada, and Britain already have green roofs as part of their urban landscape. As a matter of fact, Toronto has mandatory green roofs  as part of its by-laws since 1998.

Green Roof of Chicago City Hall ( attribution: Tony The Tiger)

Green Roof of Chicago City Hall ( attribution: Tony The Tiger)

Green roof  of British_Horse_Society_Head_Quarters_and_Green_Roof attribution Sky Garden Ltd

Green roof of British Horse Society Head Quarters ( attribution: Sky Garden Ltd)

 

Green roof of Tongyang downtown apartment complex (attribution: Vmenkov)

Green roof of Tongyang downtown apartment complex (attribution: Vmenkov)

 

 

Green roof of the Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Toronto, Canada (attribution: Sookie)

Green roof of the Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Toronto, Canada (attribution: Sookie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This law will certainly help to reduce the energy needed due to urban heat island (especially notable during summer and winter) and rainwater retension (by reducing runoff problems). Please refer to the video below:

 


“This draft law is a very positive step forward and a concrete lever for greener and smarter cities,” said James Watson, CEO of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. “There are so many unused rooftops in our cities today and solar photovoltaics is the perfect solution to make the best out of them as it can be seamlessly integrated in an urban setting.” Watson added that rooftops, large or small, represent 70 percent of the installed solar capacity in France.

“Solar electricity produced on your roof can partially or entirely instantaneously cover your own power needs,” Watson said.

In addition to cost saving, please keep in mind that in 2014, solar energy production saved about 110 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions globally.

Perhaps all governments throughout our planet should consider utilizing surface areas of the rooftops.

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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3 May

Our Future In:Solar Impulse HB-SIA Across America Mission

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Our update on Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 161 signatures! Please join us by signing and sharing this petition with others

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This just came down the wire! About four hours ago, Solar Impulse (in our previous posts of Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (1) and HB-SIA Solar Plane (2))

Solar Impulse HB-SIA

took off on the first leg (between San Francisco and Phoenix) of an aerial odyssey across America without a drop of fuel! Solar Impulse, piloted by Bertrand Piccard this morning, took off from Moffett Field into the Bay Area’s skies at 9:12 A.M. ET and headed south toward Arizona. “A flying laboratory for clean technologies, this prototype is the result of seven years of intense work in the fields of materials science, energy management and man-machine interface,” Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse’s co-founder and CEO, said before the flight. Borschberg and Piccard will be taking turns in the pilot’s seat for a month-long series of flights that will end up in New York around July 4th. Each leg of this odyssey will be streamed from this site and the project plans to collect thousands of names that will be added to a “Clean Generation” list of supporters carried in the cockpit.

All of Solar Impulse’s power comes from its 12,000 photovoltaic cells on the upper wing surface and store the electrical energy in its lithium polymer batteries under the wing when the sun isn’t shining. This carbon fiber aircraft has a long/wide wingspan and light design because the plane generates as much power as a motor scooter for its four 10-horsepower motors.

Just a quick refresher on Solar Impulse: Its pilot and co-founder Piccard is a record-setting, round-the-world balloonist who draws financial backing from Swiss business. In 2010 Solar Impulse took on the world’s first solar-powered 26-hour night flight in Switzerland. In 2011, it completed the first international solar flight from Switzerland, Belgium to France. In 2012, it completed the first solar-powered intercontinental flight from Europe to North Africa.

In the next few months Solar Impulse will be flying from Phoenix to Dallas-Fort Worth, then to St. Louis, Washington, and New York. For Borschberg and Piccard, this is simply a warm-up before their future ultimate goal and venture in circumnavigating the world with solar power. Allow me to share with you a short video clip: view of Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA and Piccard’s comments:

Allow me to leave you with what Solar Impulse represents, “We are a people-powered movement challenging conventional thinking to inspire innovation, hope and action among citizens and policymakers. Together, let’s promote this pioneering spirit!”

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27 April

France Is On Track Developing Economic and Technological Solutions To Speed Up the Deployment of Solar PV (15 GW by 2020!)

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Fantastic news! I just found out yesterday (April 26, 2013) that ADEME (The French Environment and Energy Management Agency) has recommended France to triple its solar PV target from 5.4 GW (gigawatt) to 15 GW by 2020. As study by ADEME indicated that solar PV has the potential to reach grid parity in the coming years and therefore is an essential component for sustainable energy policies. France celebrated the added 1.08GW of PV capacity in 2012, represented by over 34,500 plants,  according to French Ministry of Energy, Ecology, and Sustainable Development. Solar PV has the potential to not only solve our energy problem, but also to fight against climate change, to help create local jobs, improve local industrial development and economic prosperity, according to ADEME. ADEME recommends that France concentrate on installing large rooftop PV systems to boost installed capacity and support the domestic solar industry. One can see that ADEME is on the right track toward developing economic and technological solutions to speed up the deployment of solar PV in France. Examples of rooftoop PV, below:

Rooftop photovoltaic power station at Googleplex, California

rooftop pv panels in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Rooftop from the Chicago Center for Green Technology

Rooftop Solar Panel array at the Kuppam i-Community Office

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29 September

Canopea House of France Came On Top, Para Eco-House of China, Counter Entropy House of Germany, Omotenashi House of Japan In Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

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While visiting the eighteen houses in Villa Solar in Madrid, Spain, designed by university students from eleven countries, I was thoroughly impressed by their creative use of solar passive and active energy systems and  much consideration for reuse-recycling-conservation of all natural resources.

Of all eighteen designs that participated in Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) 2012, one stood above all others in many respect, not only in the physical sense (the fact that this design represented a nanotower concept), but also due to its  special consideration for individuals’ relationship to nature and to community.  The Canopea House of Team Rhone-Alpes (of Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Grenoble of France)

Canopea of Rhone-Alpes of Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Grenoble of France, Winner of Solar Decathlon Europe of 2012: Nanotower (top) & Top Floor (bottom).Canopea is the winner of Overall, Comfort Conditions Contest, Functioning on the House Contest, and Innovation Contest

answered the modern concern for population density in the French alpine corridor cities where land is scarce and expensive (resulting from limited urban space due to presence of mountains and rivers): in terms of  space, comfort, investment and maintenance cost, reducing sense of isolation while increasing sense of community through shared living space on top floor (with common laundry, summer kitchen, relaxing place for the community, gardens, and storage boxes) and  communal gardening area, and connected transit network, services, and shops.  But the most inviting feature, for me, was the top communal floor where natural sunlight splashing down from the solar cell-patterned ceiling (truly reflecting the idea of human being living below the canopy), residents  swinging in various hammocks, BBQ, or converse with neighbors.  That sense of shared community chased away any feeling of  isolation often seen in urban sprawl.  This design truly is the most wholistic answer not just for our energy consumption but also our humanity.

The second house featured in this clip, Para Eco-House of  Tongji Team (of Tongj University of China),

Para Eco House of Tongji Team of Tongji University of China

combined both parametric and ecological strategies into the design of this house while utilizing passive and active energy systems in this project.  The concept of multi-layer skin emerged from a combination of Dao theory in Eastern philosophy and the theories of Michel Foucault in Western thought, especially the ideas of autonomy in architecture. The two philosophies merged, as did the active and passive energy systems, into a symbiotic relationship, with mutual benefit.  I was very intrigued by its external  lattice skin/rhomboid wall designed by a computer program written by Tongji University students, based on climate data collected from Madrid, Spain.  To name some of its ecological strategies:  PV panels, solar collector system, motorized sun tracking solar panels, PVT system, gray water treatment and ventilation aid, wetland filter system, water south heat pump with heat recovery unit, rain water harvesting, evaporating water cooling, architectural shading, inner courtyard ventilation, vertical green, composite skin system, VIP thermal proof wall, bamboo furniture, temperature-humidity independent control system, mist propagation system, LED lighting, etc.

Below, you will see this video clip composed of highlights of 4 designs of Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 (details of these individual designs can also be found at our sunisthefuture Youtube Channel):


The third design in this clip, the Counter Entropy House
 

Counter Entropy House of RWTH Aachen University of Germany during Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

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RWTH University from Germany, was based on the idea of optimizing resources and energy life cycle of a building in which the production,transport, and eventual disposal components were all considered. This house included products made from recycled material and direct or indirect object recycling (such as facade made from melted CD panels, the floor made from old beams of Aachener stadium, and the furnishing made from reused wooden boards collected from bulk rubbish). Counter Entropy design combined multifunctional and space-saving configurations to create maximum space by optimal use and adaptation to current situation.  Its coolest feature was the transparent moving wall, remotely controlled by IPad/notepad, as though magic was in place during a scene in Star Trek;this feature also provided most fantastic ventilation/fresh air. It was also based on the idea of a thermal cooling system being much more sustainable than climatizing the house with electricity.  So, the abandonment of a mechanical heat pump as the central element of the building services engineering was the main aim while a far-reaching use of solar thermal energy was used to provide the energy needed air-conditioning. The solar thermal energy provided significant advantages over the exclusive use of photovoltaic cells. The second system was the cooling ceiling fed by a  special fluid circle: rain water from the tank cools down the dispersion, water blended with PCM within the cold-storage tank via a heat exchanger.  The dispersion in the cold storage tank is pumped through the ceiling, cooling down the room temperature by means of radiation cooling.

The fourth and final segment of this clip was the Omotenashi House

Omotenashi House of Chiba University of Japan during Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

of the Chiba University of Japan, a new type of housing and lifestyle centered on promoting energy and food self sufficiency by reintroducing the agricultural environment into the residence.  Besides rice paddies in front and vegetations on side of the house, the plant factory (with controlled temperature and humidity) is seen being used for rapid, safe, and efficient cultivation of crops.  Engawa (an encounter space connecting the interior to exterior of the house) is  where one may encounter people, nature, the movement of time, or to enjoy activities such as growing plants or enjoying tea with visiting neighbors. The movable tatami mat units in the engawa allowed the semi outdoor space to be reconfigured, enabling a variety of living environments.  Omotenashi House was built from precise, robot-made units, reducing energy use and CO2 emissions during construction.  With the roof tile-shaped solar panels (as BIPV, building-integrated solar PV) , it can produce 1.7 times the electrical capacity produced by previous panels, while presenting the appearance of traditional Japanese roof.  Omotenashi House also used material such as Japanese tatami and recycled decking (regulating the indoor environment and produce low VOC’s).  Furthermore, these are all biodegradable sustainable materials.  This design from Japan definitely had thoughtfully considered our life with plants, link between indoor and outdoor, and health and sustainability of all.

Related sites:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdeurope/sets/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdeurope/sets/72157631649893199/
http://www.sdeurope.org/?lang=en

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21 September

Solar Decathlon Europe Has Arrived!Canopea Leading The Way In Architecture Contest.

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A quick reminder that Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) of 2012 has begun, taking place in Madrid, Spain, between September 14-30, 2012. SDE resulted from the Spanish and U.S. governments having signed a memorandum of understanding in which the Spanish Ministry of Housing committed to organize and host Solar Decathlon Europe, a complementary competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  This month, I will be bringing you quite a few clips and posts on visits to various solar designs. For today, it is the design of Canopea by the Rhone-Alps Project of France that had taken the lead for Prize of the Architecture Contest.

Canopea answers the problems of densification of the cities, the Team Rhone-Alps came up with the innovative solar project of habitat integrating qualities of the individual habitat within a urban context.  Canopea is a collective of “nanotowers” (small buildings), inscribed within a neighborhood.  Nanotowers are a series of individual homes, stacked together in  a small tower, with a common floor/space shared by  inhabitants on the top of each tower. Nanotowers are all connected to the city, transit network, services and shops. Concept of an urban ecosystem is based on connections between buildings on the scale of a neighborhood, district, and the city, pulling together every energy systems available (thermo, electric smart grid and home automation systems). The design itself is inspired by the canopy, the upper portion of branches and foliage of a tree. It works as a real ecosystem to catch 95% of the solar energy and 30% of the precipitation. The canopea project also includes the agricultural possibility and reduces the environmental footprint of the project by making it partially  self sufficient  for food by having a portion of the project surface area devoted to growing herbs and vegetables that may be used directly for cooking.  A vertical farm located at the central space of the block provides large space for agrarian productions. The skin is the thermal envelope of the nanotower homes while the shell supports the photovoltaic system and lateral blind to filter sunlight.  On each floor, canopea is organized around three boxes. A prefabricated core containing all fluids and  technical system.  Common space allows residents to socialize, children to play, place to BBQ, and laundry area. Two top floors of the nanotower have been built for the Solar Decathlon 2012.  For passive system: In summer the skin is protected from the sun by louvre, venetian shutters,  and micro-perforated sunscreen. This cooling will not consume any energy.  The active system cools the house via air supply and radiant panels which also allows heating in winter.  Without further ado, let’s have a look at the Canopea design, below:


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