New Future for Solar Panels?


Pugh + Scarpa is out to revolutionize solar home technology. The architecture firm, who we have also recognized for an innovative prefab, has a new take on the solar canopy. The “Solar Umbrella" is based on a new type of solar skin. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), who just bestowed the firm with a 2006 Innovation in Housing Design award for the project, the skin absorbs sunlight rather than deflecting it, and provides thermal protection in climates with intense exposures. Reportedly aesthetically pleasing (alas, it doesn’t glow at night) and barely visible, the skin provides a home with 100 percent of its electricity and incorporates passive and active solar design strategies—which effectively render the residence 100 percent energy neutral. ::Pugh + Scarpa ::AIA