They act as solar panels but have come in the shape of a thin black film that is processed on the facades of the building. The solar research company Solliance, based at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, has therefore played an important role in making the new apartments of ‘Thuis at de Willem de Zwijgerweg in Best more sustainable. The two buildings, De Zwijger and De Willem, are also energy-neutral in a different way. “‘Apartments with ‘Zero on the meter‘, five storeys high: it can be done”, Brabant deputy Anne-Marie Spierings said yesterday.

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