The deployment of photovoltaic modules and systems will increase massively in coming decades as buildings will transform into energy producing envelopes for our businesses and homes. There is a need to harmonize with industrial manufacturing routines and international standards as well as the play of design and architecture which shapes our cities. This tutorial shows best practice examples, discusses challenges and shares a view into the future of energy producing cities.

Speakers / Authors:
Prof. Angèle Reinders/TU Eindhoven
Prof. Francesco Frontini/SUPSI

In the past decade photovoltaics (PV) has become a mature sustainable energy technology essential for the energy transition. Within these rapid developments Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) is consolidating as an interesting market segment which brings along new perspectives on:

  • energy generation by PV systems matching the energy demand in the built environment for various uses,

  • BIPV as part of the architecture language,

  • design features offered by PV and glass technologies: transparency, coloring, form giving and multi-functionality,

  • standards for photovoltaic systems and buildings to guarantee the right reliability,

  • BIPV simulation towards zero energy balance and autarchy of buildings or city neighborhoods,

  • design engineering and architectural context while integrating technical, financial, organizational and aesthetic aspects in BIPV projects.

All these aspects will be explored in this tutorial, which will be set up as a dynamic class with interaction among the students and the lecturers. The class will be supported by the exploration of real case studies co-developed by the lecturer’s teams, interactive simulations using innovative tools and approaches, visual models and prototypes in order to provide participants with the necessary knowledge to consolidate a culture of integrated design and sustainable construction, with particular attention to the integration of photovoltaic solar systems.