Active BIPV glass facades: current trends of innovation

Saretta, Erika and Bonomo, Pierluigi and Frontini, Francesco (2017) Active BIPV glass facades: current trends of innovation. In: GPD Glass Performance Days 2017 - Conference Proceedings GPD Glass Performance Days 2017, 28.06.2017-30.06.2017, Tampere, Finland.

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On the path towards the implementation of nearly zero-energy buildings, as stated by the European Commission, the integration of photovoltaics technology in buildings (BIPV) has been proven to be very interesting in order to achieve the energy goals. In detail, the use of glass BIPV modules is constantly improving due to the fact that they can replace almost every conventional material of the building envelope and they can actively contribute to the building energy balance. But, is the transfer of PV in architecture only a matter of energy? Certainly not. Along with the multifunctionality of the building skin, BIPV today involves a new aesthetics in contemporary architecture. Thanks to innovative possibilities in glass development and customization for BIPV solution, a wide range of architectural languages arises in current applications, ranging from the visible semantics of solar cells to the technological mimicry. The aim of this paper is to describe the current researches and trends of innovation in the use of BIPV glass for building facades, through the discussion of some pilot case studies collected by the Swiss BIPV Competence Center ( in the framework of different projects. Moreover, this study will create a platform for a primary discussion aimed to describe the innovative factors concerning the technological transfer of the PV glazing elements in the built environment.

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