Integration of solar panels in building skin seen as key net-zero element

Recent high-profile projects, including stadiums in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics and a bank headquarters in the U.K., reflect an effort by designers to adopt building-integrated photovoltaics, or BIPV.

August 19, 2013 |
Jim Young

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Recent high-profile projects, including stadiums in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup (pictured) and Summer Olympics and a bank headquarters in the U.K., reflect an effort by designers to adopt building-integrated photovoltaics, or BIPV. The use of BIPVs is expected to be an increasingly common element of buildings designed to achieve net-zero energy status. Architect Norman Foster is one designer seeking to produce eye-catching works using BIPVs while meeting a European Union directive that new buildings should produce next to zero emissions after 2020.

BIPV features are planned from the start of a project instead of tacked on as an afterthought. The market for solar laid onto buildings and into building materials, including wall panels and roof tiles, is expected to grow to $7.5 billion by 2015, according to Accenture Plc, citing research from NanoMarkets.

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/foster-s-solar-skinned-buildings-signal-market-tripling-energy.html)

Jim Young | Net Zero Future

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

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