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D-lite by tsaeed
September 3, 2008, 4:56 pm
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The Database of Light Interacting Technologies for Envelopes (D-LITE) is an online database presenting light and sun control products, prototypes, research projects and case studies in an interactive database format. The aim of D-LITE is to facilitate the exploration and selection of such systems for those in the design and research fields so as to engage them early on to think about daylight and solar radiation for a better integration of sustainability and energy concerns in the built environment.

Solar Decathlon by tsaeed
September 3, 2008, 4:17 pm
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The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

2007 results:

First Place: Technische Universität Darmstadt

Second Place: University of Maryland

Third Place: Santa Clara University

This one, built by students from U of I in Urbana, Champaign, is currently open for visitors at the Center for Green Technology at 445 North Sacramento Boulevard in Chicago.

Parans Solar Lighting by tsaeed
September 3, 2008, 2:02 pm
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Parans solar lighting works in three steps: first, sunlight is collected by Parans Solar Panels outdoors. The sunlight is then brought into the building through the Parans Optical Cables. Indoors, the sunlight flows out through Parans Luminaires. This technology is called Fiber Optic Solar Lighting.

Parans Solar Panel
The Parans Solar Panel can be mounted on roofs or facades and employs an array of optical lenses to collect and concentrate incoming sunlight. It is easily installed and integrable with buildings’ surfaces to allow for architectural integrity.

Parans Optical Cable
The Parans Optical Cable is made of several thin fiber optic strands. The cable is thin and flexible. Thanks to the high light transmission, sunlight can efficiently reach many locations far into buildings.

Parans Luminaires
In the chosen rooms, the sunlight is emitted through a Parans Luminaire, specifically designed to recreate the feeling of sunlight. A line of luminaires is available to match the outline, purpose and aesthetic of the specifi c room that is illuminated with the healthy sunlight

Solar Hot Water by mattp614
September 2, 2008, 6:14 pm
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Dawn Solar Systems manufactures modular systems for using the sun to preheat water. While they are typically used to preheat water for bathing and heating, they can be large enough to provide all of the necessary hot water in climates more forgiving than Chicago. The nice thing about their system is that it can be hidden under the wall or roofing materials. Estimated cost for a 500 sf roof is $13,000.