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Integrating solar energy into architecture and the landscape
The transition towards a more sustainable and self-sufficient energy model is based on power generation using renewable energies. Solar energy is almost certainly the alternative energy source with the most potential. It is the most readily available, the most socially acceptable and the most technically and economically viable.
The implementation of solar collectors in the city environment represents one of the biggest challenges for achieving a high-quality urban landscape. In this regard, surfaces used to collect solar power must be compatible with the various elements used in solar power installations.
The city's urban layout determines to what extent the integration of solar collectors is possible. Factors such as street layout, type of urban materials and visual exposure of the city play a determining role. Therefore, there are multiple integration strategies for solar energy collectors which are often based on giving them additional functions in the building enclosure.
Thus the City Council felt it was necessary to establish a series of criteria, tools and instruments that could help to spread a culture of integrating solar energy into the architecture of Barcelona’s urban landscape.