Building-integrated photovoltaics watch the webinar

September 9, 2021

On 26 August we broadcasted a webinar on building-integrated photovoltaics, as part of the BeSmart-project. Here you can watch it again and read our key takeaways.

In order to reach our climate goals, it is necessary to work together to drastically reduce the climate impact of buildings. Together with our clients and collaborators we are aiming to raise awareness and increase know-how about the potential of building-integrated photovoltaics for reducing the climate impact of buildings.

 

Through the BeSmart-project White Arkitekter has the possibility to explore and develop next practice within building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). Integrating solar panels into building façades and roofs enable the substitution of traditional building materials with high quality architectural designs contributing to reduce CO2 emissions.

 

This webinar was directed towards developers, building contractors, municipalities, consultants and property owners, who would like to learn more about the use of BIPVs. We showed when and how photovoltaics can be used as a building material to provide both economic and architectural benefits, and how to integrate photovoltaics both technically and aesthetically as part of the building envelope. We addressed questions such as the impact of photovoltaics on conservation areas and cultural heritage, as well as the potential economic benefits.

Key takeaways from the webinar

  • Integrating solar panels into building façades and roofs enable the substitution of traditional building materials with high quality architectural designs contributing to reduced CO2 emissions.
  • BIPV is a way to increase property value – it is a building material which helps reach energy and climate goals.
  • It is important to establish goals and decide on a budget in early stages that include BIPV – it will pay back – year after year.
  • It is advisable to use architectural knowledge to plan for your BIPVs to get a result that is both profitable and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Urban planning can enable a higher degree of implementation of solar energy in our cities by creating good conditions for active solar (carefully choosing locations for buildings with enough space and good conditions for photovoltaics).
  • The plans we set now affect the potential of solar energy for a long time. Active solar can lower the demand on the central energy production even though the city expands or becomes densified.
  • When implementing PV in conservation areas, there are several steps that can facilitate the process and give the best economy (use a solar potential study or map, determine a profitable threshold for annual solar radiation, address the sensitivity of the area and the buildings and then overlay this sensitivity analysis and the threshold values to finally conduct a visibility study for the areas above the threshold.

Contact Person

Lise-Lott Larsson Kolessar

Lise-Lott Larsson Kolessar

Hållbarhetsansvarig

Sustainability specialist

Stockholm

lise-lott.larsson@white.se

+46 8 402 26 21

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