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Modular glass geometries are shaped to redirect and capture direct solar irradiation, providing interior shading and diffuse daylight spatial conditions. Coupled with multi-barrier water treatment systems, SEWR effects tertiary-stage disinfection by inactivating pathogenic contaminants through solar pasteurization and solar water disinfection processes.


The SEWR system prototype presents a contextual exhibition of the water cycles in the built environment by thrusting water networks out of the ground, out of centralized basement-bound greywater systems, and into proximity with the spaces humans inhabit.

The Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) system is a stationary concentrating solar-driven hybrid system for enhancing point-of-use water safety and onsite greywater reclamation, while decreasing both primary energy consumption and solar heat gain that is associated with glazed building facades and mechanical systems. 

Can we collect, purify and recycle water through solar building envelopes?

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