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Lessons learned from the Pefki solar village in Athens, nearly 20 years on

Croxford, B; Kalogridis, A; (2006) Lessons learned from the Pefki solar village in Athens, nearly 20 years on. In: UNSPECIFIED Green open access

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Solar Village 3 in Pefki, Athens, was part of an ambitious program, with active and passive solar systems providing space and water heating for 1750 inhabitants, designed in the early 80's, and inhabited from the late 80's. This paper focuses on passive solar systems applied to a number of the buildings. A survey highlighted the cases of trombe water benches and conservatories as the most frequently, poorly operated systems. Over time this led to a lack of belief by the occupants in the passive systems. Building simulation indicated a much higher cooling load than originally designed for, combined with recent warmer summers and poor maintenance and operation, have led to the present case that many homes have installed air conditioning. Plans for district heating will improve heating provision for residents and reduce CO2 emissions but a lack of a maintenance strategy for the passive systems will surely lead to their increased neglect.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Lessons learned from the Pefki solar village in Athens, nearly 20 years on
ISBN: 089553178X
ISBN-13: 9780895531780
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2641
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