Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that replace conventional building materials in building envelopes such as facades, skylights and cladding.
BIPV Solar products are becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe where almost all new buildings have got solar panels incorporated into building facades.
Australia has been slow to uptake this new technology with two of the biggest BIPV Solar projects in Australia being the Gold Coast Suns football stadium with a solar roof and Australia’s largest commercial solar facade, installed in Adelaide by NME Solar.
With technologies and solar solutions like this becoming easier to find, it has become a visual playground for architects and engineers. When using these solutions it saves costs on building materials and provides a solid return on investment.
Think about the cladding on your office building that does nothing but protect the building from the elements. With these solutions they not only protect your building from the elements but also provides a return on investment – no cladding has ever done this before.
Compared to Europe, Australia is behind on installing BIPV solutions despite more available sun. So why is this? Well the answer is that there is not enough information about Building Integrated Photovoltaics in Australia and there aren’t many companies that have experience in installing these solutions.
How can we increase the BIPV in Australia? Education and awareness is the only way that it will become more common. Architects and engineers need to be educated about what products and solutions there are available and people need to be made aware that these solutions are available.