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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) refers to using photovoltaic (PV) technology as a component of a building’s envelope rather than as a separate technology added to the building’s exterior. Because BIPV is integrated into the building itself, it can help to reduce the amount of energy that a building consumes from the grid, which in turn can help to reduce its carbon footprint.
We can distinguish between integrated and building applied photovoltaics (BAPV), which are the more common method of adding panels to existing structures. Applied PV is more suited to and cost effective for retrofits, while integrated PV has its own advantages but is more applicable for new builds or being implemented during construction work.
The main benefit of either kind of PV on the building is generating free, clean energy on site, where it can be used most efficiently without transmission losses and contribute to a more sustainable future by displacing the need for fossil fuels.
Replace traditional glazing with solar glass to generate electricity where roof space is limited, which is often the case with multi-storey buildings. Solar windows and skylights can be made fully opaque or up to 50% transparent, in a variety of colours.
Besides energy generation, solar glass has the benefits of reducing glare and improving temperature insulation - both of which are vital in large office buildings. PV glazing reflects infrared light, reducing heat transfer through the glass. This helps keep heat out during summer and in during winter, resulting in a more consistent internal temperature - a need for which offices often use low emissivity glass.
Coloured panels can be made for a particular aesthetic or to match existing buildings. Standard colours are blue/black for crystalline and brown/black for thin film, but layers of coloured laminate or glass can be used to achieve alternative colours. Colouring the modules does result in a 5% decrease in output.
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