06 Mar '12, 3pm

SEWR, Using Solar Design to Purify Water : TreeHugger

SEWR, Using Solar Design to Purify Water : TreeHugger

The design is pure genius. Modular glass blocks, configured to capture, refocus and intensify sunlight, form the sheathing for the exterior surface of a building. Water from sinks, showers and hand washing (known as greywater ) flows through channels in the glass block. Inside the building, the blocks create a diffused daylight which eliminates solar heat gain , keeping rooms cooler and reducing the need for high-energy heating and cooling mechanisms. It’s also easier on the eyes. That in itself is noteworthy, but the SEWR (Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse), which recently won a SPARK Award for its design , does much more. Add several water filtration barriers, and factor in the heating potential of glass blocks designed to amplify sunlight, and you have a passive solar system which disinfects a building’s greywater by generating tremendous heat to destroy harmful microorga...

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