PV and Façade Systems for the Building Skin. Analysis of Design Effectiveness and Technological Features

Polo Lopez, Cristina Silvia and Frontini, Francesco and Bonomo, Pierluigi and Scognamiglio, Alessandra (2014) PV and Façade Systems for the Building Skin. Analysis of Design Effectiveness and Technological Features. In: Conference Proceedings of 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) , 22.09.2014-25.09.2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Façades are the central element in the design and architectural definition of contemporary buildings. Several solutions, with different aesthetical appeal, perform the finishing materials of existing building and new constructions. A sustainable design process today is intended to produce high-performance buildings that are energy-efficient, healthy and economically feasible, by wisely using renewable resources to minimize the impact on the environment and to reduce, as much as possible, the energy demand. For this reason, the facade system plays an important role for achieving these energy and environmental goals and Photovoltaic can play a leading role in this challenge. Relying on a vast database of products and building examples, collected in different research projects, a multi-criteria analysis has been performed to compare BIPV solutions with other technological possibilities for façade (either traditional than innovative), in terms of technological, architectural, energetic, environmental and economic requirements. As this study demonstrates, PV will be able to become an affordable alternative to conventional façades since a more precise information and a common language will be implemented and shared.

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