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BiPV Curtain Wall?

  • 1.  BiPV Curtain Wall?

    Posted 04-28-2015 13:41
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussion Forums: Committee on the Environment and Technical Design for Building Performance Knowledge Community .
    Hello -
    Does anybody have experience working with a glazing, curtain wall, and/or photovoltaics manufacturer in designing a BiPV curtain wall system?  Looking for recommendations on manufacturers to reach out to for more information.


    Erin Holdenried Assoc. AIA
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: BiPV Curtain Wall?

    Posted 04-29-2015 18:05

    I would look at Schuco.


    Doug Lister
    Douglas Lister AIA
    Douglas J. Lister, Architect
    New York NY

  • 3.  RE: BiPV Curtain Wall?

    Posted 05-19-2015 13:07
    Hi Erin,

    I have used Onyx in planning for several large scale projects in countries like Kuwait and Qatar but cannot report yet on how tender, construction, and commissioning went as both projects are not built yet.  With regard to BIPV I would suggest that the long term performance of the PV systems be thoroughly confirmed before integrating them in to the exterior building enclosure because any repairs could involve costly and risky disruptions of the building enclosure.  If there are means to elevated the panels above the roof in a system like what was masterfully designed at the Bullitt Center (COTE Top 10 winner) where they could provide shade and be accessed for repair or if they could be similarly positioned outside the building enclosure as fenestration or wall screens, that might side step the risks of full integration.

    Best, Drake        
    Drake A. Wauters, AIA
    TDBP Advisory Group / Founding Chair
    Principal AEC Consultant 
    McLean, Virginia