Southover barn conversion in Wells, Somerset invisibly integrates Cupa Pizarras Thermoslate panels that convert sunlight into energy into a traditional pitched slate roof
Cupa Pizarras Thermoslate solar collector panels have been installed at a barn conversion in a conservation area near Wells Cathedral in Somerset.
The owners of the property were keen to use a natural material for the roof and wanted the building to make a sustainable contribution to their family’s energy needs. To meet the brief, architect Paul Kellett specified Thermoslate solar collectors and Cupa R12 Excellence slates.
To generate 57 per cent of the energy required for hot water, six Thermoslate solar collectors were installed, reducing carbon emissions at the property by over 450kg a year. None of the panels are visible as the uniform colour and thickness across the 190m2 slated roof makes it is impossible to distinguish the solar collectors from the Cupa R12 slates.
The Thermoslate solar collector range by Cupa Pizarras enables architects to integrate solar collectors invisibly into any natural slate roof or cladding. For pitched roofs the collectors can be installed using a stainless steel fixing system either invisibly with nails or visibly with hooks. There is also a Thermoslate solar collector designed for natural slate flat roofs, floors and facades.
Thermoslate is a lightweight solution ideal for original, unstrengthened roofs and it can be installed in as little as three hours. Thermoslate is certified under the Solar Keymark scheme, conforms to BS EN 12975 and holds A+ BRE accreditation for environmental performance.
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