Building Integrated Photovoltaic: Future Of Architectural Design And Construction.
Building on one of the aspects of Green Building, is where we find BIPV. There has been an urgent need to decarbonize the built environment, special emphasis has been placed on building skins, such as, rooftops and facades. With the intent to seek less emissions and more efficiency through innovative solutions, BIPV — with its value-adding characteristics — presents itself to be the perfect solution.
So, what exactly is BIPV?
Traditionally, panels of solar photovoltaics are mounted on buildings’ roofs. However, more architects are exploring possible ways to incorporate such solar cells and modules into things like, curtain walls; windows; roof tiles; basically the envelope of a building. Hence, we now known it as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). This system consists of solar cells or modules that are integrated in building elements or material as part of its structure, that could replace conventional building envelope materials. BIPV modules not only generate electricity, they also provide added functionality, for example, thermal insulation, as well as, sun and noise protection.
To avoid cost of conventional materials, PV’s incremental cost is reduced and its life-cycle cost has improved. Also, while BIPV systems often have lower overall costs compared to usual PV, not requiring separate, dedicated, mounting systems, interests in BIPV is growing worldwide. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for BIPV estimated at US$12.7 billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$39.9 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 17.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027.
URBAN RENEWABLES believes sustainability must become the cornerstone of our development philosophy. Which explains why driving BIPV technology to a large market by investing in the existing buildings, in cities, is critical.