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SEDA Solar Seminar #4 - Building Integrated and Intelligent Solar Design

SEDA Solar Seminar #4 – Building Integrated and Intelligent Solar Design
alarmPublication date: 07 October, 2022Category: International News


This webinar took place on October 10, 2022, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (BST), introduced case studies of two buildings with integrated PV, the Solar XXI in Portugal and the Helios House in UK.

Two short presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussions.

  1. Solar XXI, An Example of Integration of Solar Facade Toward a Nearly Zero Energy Building by Helder Gonçalves & Carlos Rodrigues, Energy Laboratory of Energy and Geology.
    This presentation focuses on the integration of a Solar PV Facade within the design of an office building. A convective heat recovery system, covers part of the energy needs for heating, and the building has a ground cooling system, which provides the cooling for summer periods. The building follows the principles of a Passive Design; south facing and well insulated, which together with the low energy use of the building and the integration of the PV in the façade and the car parking, enables the building to be a good example of NZEB in Portugal.
  2. An introduction to Helios House – a fully integrated solar installation by Chris Askew, Founder, ASKEWCAVANNA Architects.
    Helios House is a headquarters office and training centre for Solarsense UK, a company delivering renewable technology installations. The brief was to design it as a demonstration house to show off renewable technologies. The building is design to Passivhaus level of airtightness and insulation. It features a Paul Novus 450 MVHR, underfloor heating powered from Ground Source Heat Pump, Loxone smart home automation, and a fully integrated 12.85kWp solar pv roof comprising the whole of the south facing roof, incorporating feature roof lights over the main space.

Speakers Bio

  • Helder Gonçalves is the Member of the Board of Directors of LNEG, Director of the Energy, Laboratory, Coordinator of the Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency Unit. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IST (1979), Master in Thermal Engineering from FEUP (1986), PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Porto (1990). Areas of activity: Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Integration of Solar Systems in Buildings, Bioclimatic Buildings, Passive Solar Buildings (MSc and PhD Thesis). Energy Regulation and Certification, Building in Urban Space, Urban Climate and Global Warming, Zero Balance Buildings(NZEB), Facade Components (NZEB) and Smart Cities.
  • Chris Askew is an experienced architect who has been involved in design of sustainable buildings over a number of years. He set up his owner practice in 2008 after leaving the partnership at Feilden Clegg Bradley. His practice is based in central Bristol, and carries out designs for a range of building types, for a variety of clients –community groups, charities, housing co-operatives and innovative businesses. As well as running the practice, Chris lectures and examines at a number of Universities including UCL and London Met.

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