Building Integrated Photovoltaics: A practical handbook for solar buildings' stakeholders

Corti, Paolo and Bonomo, Pierluigi and Frontini, Francesco and Mace, Philippe and Bosch, Elina (2020) Building Integrated Photovoltaics: A practical handbook for solar buildings' stakeholders. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED

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The BIPV Status Report 2020 has been developed by SUPSI and Becquerel Institute. It aims to provide a practical handbook to all stakeholders of the BIPV development process, providing insights to each of these actors, although they approach the topic of BIPV from different perspectives. This handbook highlights the main steps of BIPV’s evolution, the key challenges of the sector, the necessary interdisciplinary of the activities across the whole BIPV development process as well as the economic calculation and the cost competitiveness analysis. The status of BIPV in Europe, relying on an extensive database of BIPV case studies and on an analysis of past and future market trends, is presented over the critical reflection on the main traits of its evolution along last decades. The case studies analysed, the database of products and the results from our applied research fully oriented to practice and to the real market, offer to architects inputs for new projects and references to quantify BIPV costs and advantages. Moreover, the practicality of this booklet and its infographics make it a potential tool for public authorities and educational institutions to promote BIPV and, in general, the sustainability of buildings. The economic calculation and the cost competitiveness analysis can support investors, building managers and real estate developers in taking the most economically convenient decisions. The crucial question of cost competitiveness is illustrated with data coming from the real market and built examples and is representative of the common EU building typologies and building envelope solutions.

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