SOLAR HOUSES
Angelos Kovotsos, Panos Kekas
Duration: 27'  GREECE, 2002-2003
BIOGRAPHY
Angelos Kovotsos
Born in Athens in 1954.
In 1979 he graduated from the School of Economics of the University of Athens.
He also attended film and TV courses at the Stavrakos Film School and later at the Hatzikos Film School from which he graduated.
He has worked in film and TV since 1982, and has worked as a director since 1989.
He has also worked on screenwriting, professional photography, organizing TV archives and multimedia art directing.

Panos Kekas
He is a graduate of the Cinematography and Direction Departments of the Stavrakos Film and Television School and he has worked in film since 1982.
He has worked as cinematographer in several short films and as assistant director, production manager and casting manager in feature films and TV series.
He has received many awards and distinctions.
FILMOGRAPHY
2002 Solar Houses
2001 How could you stop a bee from flying?
Unemployment is gray
2000 The Child and The Game
t Was Our War
1997 The Icons Era
1995 Entropy
1994 Terezas Last Journey
What Is Our Country
1993 The Murderess
1992 A Home For Five
   
2002-03  Solar Houses
As An Old Cinema
2000-02 About the Greek Funfairs
Following On The Traces of Pausanias
1998-99 The Secrets Of Deep Blue
Reports Without Frontiers
Winter Sports
1997 The Love of First Shots
The Peaks Of the Bottom
1993-96 Personal Refuge
1991 Stars Shine For Ever
1990 Drosoulites The Legend of Frangocastello
1989 Panic On the Olympus Gods
1984 John Drolapas
CONTACT
COMPOSERS
Script: Vasso Kanellopoulou
Research-Scientific advisors: Iro Liaropoulou Benessea, Nezib Benessea
Cinematography: Christoforos Georgoutsos
Sound: Thanassis Chormovas
Music: Angelos Kovotsos
Edited by: Orfeas Andre, . /L. Charalabidis
Producer: Panos Kekas
ABOUT THE FILM
What could there be in common between a traditional house in Crete, the urban architecture of the Hedebygade complex in Copenhagen and a house with planted roofs near Salonica? Reflectors which trap the light of the sun, tiles which produce electricity from the sun, pioneering heating and cooling systems Constructions born out of collaboration between specialists and residents, and out of the knowledge that conventional buildings produce around 40 million tons of CO2, contributing to climatic change and the extreme climatic phenomena which accompany it.
The documentary Solar Houses brings to the attention of a wider public these interesting solutions, which give practical application to the principle that reduction of climatic change can be carried out even from within our own homes.
All of us have heard about energy-saving buildings, but few have actually visited a building of that kind and spoken with those who live in it.
We visited them, in Greece and abroad.
We spoke with their residents and with the architects who had designed them.
We recorded instances of houses that had been designed from the outset on the basis of the suns trajectory and the microclimate of the area.
We saw high-tech smart buildings, the products of collaboration between an architect and a physicist (energy planner), and simpler buildings that were constructed by the owners themselves.
We even visited buildings over 100 years old, which had been renovated to incorporate the most up-to-date systems for conserving energy.
In all cases the individual systems are mutually complementary so as to achieve comfortable temperatures, clean air and a feeling of well-being while consuming the smallest possible amount of energy produced with use of conventional fuels.
There is the possibility of moderating climatic changes, while maintaining high levels of comfort and quality of life, by adapting our houses so that they can reduce energy consumption or produce their own clean energy.
PRODUCTION
Panos Kekas Productions, /E.R.T. S.A., FR3 Corse (France), Tg3 RAImed Italy)
Co-producer: European Union DG Environment
DISTRIBUTION
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