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Chapter 6: Zero Emissions - Text Summary
Solar Fabrik built their zero emissions factor with the aim of demonstrating what they will expect of others in the future. Wise use of energy, water, air, and materials plus carbon dioxide neutral production. They've shown it can be done and it is a huge employee motivator and a source of fascination for visitors, suppliers and customers. As a producer of environmentally friendly technology it goes without saying that Solar Fabrik takes full advantage of renewable energy sources.
Over five hundred square meters of solar panels on the south side produce limitless solar power. A carefully thought out energy concept. The building faces south towards the sun. In winter when the sun is low the sunlight reaches deep within the building helping to heat it. In the summer when the sun is high the solar modules and glass facade shade the building and keep it cool.
The solar architecture is enhanced by a special ventilation system. Fresh air blows into the building through underground ducts. The soil has a constant temperature of about 12 degrees celsius. The cool fresh air is pre-heated in the winter. The flow of hot air in the summer is cooled. The factory it supplied exclusively with renewable energy.
Solar energy enhances the quality of life. Using solar energy doesn't mean doing without. Using solar energy means we can carry on as normal without depleting resources for future generations.