Solar Photovoltaics and Architectural Integration – BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) (2)

Optimization of energy efficiency in buildings

The green building market is undergoing a significant evolution: passive energy saving methods and add-on systems are being replaced by new materials and products that seamlessly blend with the architecture while producing energy.

According to different reports by the International Energy Agency (IEA) around 40% of global CO2 emissions are produced by the built environment. The Strategic Plan 2020 has set as a primary goal the reduction of energy demand in buildings to a target value of 75 kWh/m2/year.

Photovoltaic materials substitute any other traditional constructive elements, including: ceramics for vented facades, roofing, glazing and even flooring materials. Using BIPV brings along significant reductions in energy consumption, increased sustainability, added building value, dual or triple functionality (natural lighting, solar UV filter, envelope functions, insulation) while also giving a clean, next-gen appearance to the project.

BIPV is now a highly competitive technology, due to reasonable price points, good return of investment periods, reduced CO2 emissions, and a reduction in transport and transmission losses.
Advantages for the project owner/developer:
  • 8–9% reduction in operation costs
  • 7.5% increase in building value
  • 6.6% effective return of investment
  • 3.5% increase in occupancy ratios
  • 3% in lease/rental ratio
Ten key advantages of BIPV facades/solar control devices:
  1. Electric production on-site
  2. Energy savings due to insulation (up to 40%)
  3. Greater insulation capacity
  4. Elimination of thermal short circuiting
  5. Increased thermal comfort
  6. Reduced acoustic contamination
  7. Protection of the building's envelope
  8. Higher energy yield in low radiance conditions
  9. Higher energy yield in high temperatures
  10. Attractive and innovative look
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