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    • 1.1 SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS

      1.1 SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS

      Solar Panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells joined together and are commonly situated on the roofs of buildings. These PV cells contain semi-conductors that convert daylight into direct current electricity. The PV cell technologies include; solid panels, thin film solar cells and building integrated photovoltaics.

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    • 1.2 SOLAR HEATING

      1.2 SOLAR HEATING

      Solar hot water heating is an 'old fashioned' concept that is very economical to install. In simple terms, the sun heats up water or air within tubes and this heat is used within your building. There are many different types, but we can talk you through your options during our consultation.

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    • 1.3 SOLAR PASSIVE STRATEGIES

      1.3 SOLAR PASSIVE STRATEGIES

      With smart design and a modest refit cost, you can trap solar heat to dramatically reduce your utility bills to zero or near zero costs. The options include solar chimneys, mass absorption and radiation, and, evaporative cooling. These strategies can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your building.

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    • 2.1 WIND TURBINES

      2.1 WIND TURBINES

      Large wind turbines are a common sight across our landscape. Recent research has made smaller wind turbines mounted on buildings a cost-effective proposition. These turbines can be mounted on either a horizontal or vertical axis and projected vertically high above your building to optimize wind speeds. They generate electricity, save on power bills, and provide a revenue stream when excess power is fed to the grid.

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    • 2.2 MECHANICAL WIND SYSTEMS

      2.2 MECHANICAL WIND SYSTEMS

      Exhausting Stale or warm air from a building is critical for the comfort, health and productivity of its occupants. Innovative design and electronic controls of ventilation shafts, apertures, roof vents and heat exchangers can increase the comfort of residents and provide unexpected savings in heating and cooling costs. Mechanically assisted exhaust systems and exhaust systems with heat recovery can be especially cost-effective.

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    • 2.3 PASSIVE AIR STRATEGIES

      2.3 PASSIVE AIR STRATEGIES

      Passive wind strategies exhaust stale air from the inside of a building by utilizing the geometry of the building to create negative pressure systems. By the stacking effect, these systems are more effective in taller buildings. Smart Roof can also strategically design a roof with landscapes and fixtures that manipulate air flow to create microclimates within the rooftop environment.

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    • 3.1 WATER COLLECTORS

      3.1 WATER COLLECTORS

      The accumulation and storing of grey and storm water for reuse is a great way of utilising a potentially destructive secondary resource. Rainwater harvesting systems can be simple to construct from inexpensive local materials, and can be effective in most habitable locations.

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    • 3.2 WATER DISTRIBUTORS

      3.2 WATER DISTRIBUTORS

      Once rain water is collected, it has many potential applications. How it is filtered, stored, controlled and monitored are critical questions. Storm and grey water collected can often be re-used, reducing the amount of water used through flusing toilets, washing clothes, irrigation and other water features. As the water often contains pollutants, it needs to be filtered of treated before consumption or re-use.

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    • 3.3 EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES

      3.3 EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES

      Water is a resource often taken for granted by building occupants. Whether you collect rain water on your roof or not, consuming less water inside your building is key. Therefore water efficiency techniques are often needed from a building management perspective to ensure that water waste is minimised. Water use can be minimised through improving building utilities as well as water pressure management.

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    • 4.1 PLANTS -GREEN ROOF LANDSCAPES

      4.1 PLANTS -GREEN ROOF LANDSCAPES

      Landscaping a building with plants (known as green roofing) serves several purposes. Landscaping provides a habitat for wild life, absorbs rainwater, helps to combat the heat island effect and insulates the building. Professional design of your available roof space can provide for decorative gardens, green walls, and create lovely recreational areas.

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    • 4.2 EDIBLES - URBAN AGRICULTURE

      4.2 EDIBLES - URBAN AGRICULTURE

      Roofs are also conducive spaces for food production due to the amount of sunlight and rain water they receive. Urban farming practices can also provide for recreation, food security and food safety.

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    • 4.3 HABITATS - BIRDS & BEES

      4.3 HABITATS - BIRDS & BEES

      Live habitats are important for preserving insect species and are good ways of dealing with waste. Insect havens, compost and worm bins often require backyards and are not suitable for urban use, therefore placing them on the roof could be a suitable solution.

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    • 5.1 STRUCTURE & ENCLOSURE

      5.1 STRUCTURE & ENCLOSURE

      One may view one's rooftop as additional property real estate, therefore it is an opportunity to create additional inhabitable and usable environments which could serve as private or communal environments to enhance value of the building.

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    • 5.2 SHADING & DAYLIGHTING

      5.2 SHADING & DAYLIGHTING

      Shading is an easy way of making your rooftop habitable, while still allowing the growth of various plants and edibles. Utilizing proper daylighting techniques can help direct more natural light into the building, improving living conditions within.

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    • 5.3 INSULATION & WEATHERIZATION

      5.3 INSULATION & WEATHERIZATION

      At the core of sustainable building practice is the need to conserve as much energy as possible. This can be accomplished within a building by reducing the unwanted flow of heat energy in and out of the building through proper weatherization and insulation.

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    • 6.1 CONTROLS + MONITORING

      6.1 CONTROLS + MONITORING

      A Smart Roof is a high-tech roof. Monitoring and Controlling the daily fluctuations of these dynamic systems ensures that performance can be enhanced and the whole building system can be optimized. Just like the engine of a car, a high performance roof needs to be constantly fine tuned. Every year, computerized interfaces and electronic sensors improve in sensitivity and sophistication.

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    • 6.2 ENTERTAINMENT

      6.2 ENTERTAINMENT

      Having the right music, lighting and even multimedia visuals is critical to creating the right vice and ambiance for a successful event. In selecting the right lighting, sound and multimedia display, one must consider aspects such as, weather proofing, light and sound pollution, acoustics etc.

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    • 6.3 OUTPUT + REVENUES

      6.3 OUTPUT + REVENUES

      If you have selected any of the renewable energy electricity production options you will need to consider how you would like to use the electricity and the financial method by which you will save or make money from it. Whether you want an off grid battery storage bank or a 'grid tied' and net metered system putting an Energy Management System (EMS) in place or at the very least an Energy Management Plan and financial model in place is essential.

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