The School of Architecture of the University of Navarra has begun a project which consists in
constructing a prefabricated module, consisting of a simplified inhabited housing unit, and monitoring
over the course of one year the behavior of a thermoelectric installation that provides service to this
The principal objective of the project is to quantify the response capacity of a thermoelectric climate
control system applied to a prototype, and evaluate its energy and economic costs in the case that the
system were applied in an apartment building.
The development of this project represents the application in the field of construction of a technology
that already is in use in other areas, fundamentally the military and aerospace. Therefore, we do not
seek to demonstrate the performance of Peltier cells per se, but rather to evaluate how they function
when applied to the residential area, and to analyze both the positive and negative aspects of their use.