DATE : 2008
TYPE : Web magazine
TITLE : "Anti-smog buildings: Clean air through architecture"
LINKS : www.greengeek.ca
Callebaut’s prototype project, being built in Paris, is covered with 250 square meters of solar photovoltaic panels and coated in titanium dioxide (TiO2). The PV system produces electrical energy for the building, with the TiO2 coating working as a catalytic system to clean the air. The TiO2 works with ultraviolet radiation to interact with particulates in the air, break down organics and reduce airborn pollutants and contaminants.
The structure also has a large green space on top for further air purification and rainwater catchment for use within the building. The other part of the building, is a ‘wind tower’, a cylindrical structure that has a spiral pattern that alternates between vertical gardens and embedded vertical axis wind turbines, that generate electricity from prevailing winds.
ould lead the way forward for future sustainable building worldwide but only if it gets approval, which for now remains to be seen.
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