Building Integrated Photovoltaics
NREL Research Facility
BIPV, or Building Integrated Photovoltaics, are a specific subset of the PV technologies that further marries power generation into the form and skin of a building. Though not as efficient as standard PV panels (7% vs. 18%), BIPV can be seamlessly intertwined into the building and provide dual duty.
Though our most common application is in the horizontal glazing of atria, the Miami Science Museum is incorporating BIPV into an ETFE roof canopy that shades the entire building. Cooper Union took a large expanse of west facing glass and applied a transparent BIPV product, while 1 Park Avenue Dubai used laminated BIPV to shading elements located on southeast, south, and southwest façades.
The Wild Center, Museum of the Adirondacks