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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2013 edited
    I live in National Park and I'm looking to replace our dilapidated bungalow at some stage, so I'm starting to plan the replacement.

    At Ecobuild I noticed a company selling solar PV slates, sand blasted to a matt dark grey finish so as to blend in with the surrounding natural slates. Unfortunately I failed to get the companies details. As our proposed PV will be on the front of the house facing the road, I have a feeling the planner will have something to say and my wife hates the shiny look of standard PV panels, I was thinking of using matt PV tiles to reduce the visual impact.

    Anyone got any thoughts on sand blasted panels, will the matt finish affect the output, are sand blasted panels a good idea?
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2013
    They are not sand-blasted but a very good match for real slate http://www.solarslate-ltd.com/product-information/the-innovative-slate.aspx
    • CommentAuthorargy
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2013
    I liked them as well - but not cheap at £15,700 plus VAT plus fitting plus delivery for a 2kWp system
    They do look quite good. Maybe if they're reading this they can answer these questions:

    Do they do a slate-and-a-half version so you can do a whole roof (or side of a roof) with them?

    Do they do a dummy version that's visually identical so you can have solar on a south facing part of the roof and non-solar on, say, a west-east section on a dormer?

    So they do a version that can be nailed instead of hooked, nailing being the traditional method of fixing slates in Britain?
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2013
    Add to that
    Will they do a direct replacement for the next 5 years
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