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The name Aeter of our project is inspired by one of the primary deities of Greek mythology. Aeter symbolizes the god of the heavenly air, whose dominion was the pure air breathed by the gods. In this sense, our purpose is to contribute with a housing solution that includes architectural and urban aspects, and proposes to use different resources in a responsible way such as materials, energy and water. All these aspects, as a whole, will contribute to reduce the environmental impact of residential centers and thus also improve the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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Energy management

Awareness of high contamination levels and the excessive misuse of natural resources has lead researchers around the globe to think and propose solutions to address issues such as finding alternative, clean and renewable energy sources. Such advances have been complemented with energy consumption analysis and energy management strategies to reduce costs and increase efficiency of available resources. 

Searching for a real sustainability at home, we propose to install a hybrid system using photovoltaic solar energy and solar thermal energy, which will supply 100% of the energy needs. In addition to this, the residential building will have a connection to the electricity grid, acting as a backup system and at the same time allowing to sell energy surpluses generated by the photovoltaic system. Furthermore, a water heater system using solar thermal energy will be installed for multiple purposes such as cooking, laundry and general cleaning. The lighting system will be low consumption under the standards of the Colombian RETILAP lighting standard.

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Residential Smart Building

The role of residential smart buildings became crucial: from the one hand, thanks to their smartness, i.e. as automation (domotic) systems, they can gather important information about their energy consumption and occupants habits; on the other hand, they can also expose digital interfaces that enable an automatic and dynamic interaction with the smart grid, and the possibility of shaving their energy consumption with respect to the needs of the energy provider.

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To reduce the carbon footprint, not only it is essential the development of new and innovative materials, it is also necessary to invest in recycling and use of technologies to bring waste materials into new materials and objects. This innovative home design called Aeter incorporates modules on the walls built with 100% recycled polypropylene and polyethylene materials with properties as low weight, high melting point, mechanical resistance and rigidity, earthquake resistant, thermo acoustic, excellent chemical stability to the sun, fungi, humidity and salinity

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