Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Industry Development Initiative

The Chapter is working with the City of Toronto and other key stakeholders to advance the adoption of BIPV in Toronto and Southern Ontario.   This page is your place for Ontario events, workshops, and resources related to BIPV.    We’re updating it frequently as new opportunities arise, so bookmark this page!

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is the integration of photovoltaics (PV) into the building envelope. The PV modules serve the dual function of building skin—replacing conventional building envelope materials—and power generator.  While BIPV technology is commonly found in new buildings in leading European districts, it is still an emerging practice in Canada. 
Upcoming Events
If you're interested in receiving information on future BIPV events in the Toronto area then please email
Past Events 
Roundtable: Development of a BIPV Industry Strategy for Ontario: Spring 2013
This roundtable will bring together leaders in the solar industry with  leading architects, engineers and building developers to identify how we can begin the process of integrating the use of PV into standard building design and construction practices. Participation in the roundtable is limited.
BIPV Symposium: April 23, 2013
The Canadian German Chamber is hosting a full-day symposium on integrating photovoltaics into new buildings (BIPV) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in partnership with the City of Toronto and Natural Resources Canada . The symposium will provide a forum for discussion and information exchange between architects, the building and the solar industries on BIPV opportunities. Experts from Germany and Canada will share their expertise and views on topics that include best practices, technological and economic aspects of BIPV, grid integration as well as financing opportunities and marketing strategies. There will be an exhibition of BIPV products. For more information please visit the event page.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Location: Allstream Centre, Toronto. 
February 6, 2013: BIPV Breakfast Seminar
Innovative technological solutions in the building industry coupled with an external energy demand reduction will be a winning combination in the dynamic transition towards more efficient and autonomous buildings in the Canadian market. Therefore, on February 6, 2013, the Montreal office of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce invited building and solar professionals to an exclusive BIPV Breakfast Seminar. The seminar, held at the Toronto office of the Canadian German Chamber, provided a platform for exchange and networking specifically in the BIPV sector and contributed to the dialogue between building and solar professionals. Click here to view the seminar program.
Green Building in the Greater Toronto Area – Laur Fisher, CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter
BIPV at the Enwave Theatre – Randy S’ad, Harbourfront Centre
BIPV – Best Practices from Germany – Manfred Hegger, Darmstadt University of Technology
BIPV Working Group:

Working Group Meeting Notes  - 22 February 2013
Working Group Meeting Notes - 24 April 2013
Working Group Meeting Notes - 24 May 2013
Working Group Meeting Notes - 24 June 2013
Presentation on IEA Task 51 - Solar and Urban Planning - 24 June 2013


LinkedIn Groups: 
LinkedIn  BIPV – over 2,000 members from around the globe
LinkedIn  Toronto Building Integrated Photovoltaics – a local network for builders, architects and the solar industry. To join send an email to 
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Webinar:

This webinar explored the technical and FIT program challenges that the development of BIPV faces in Ontario. The webinar indentified how the solar industry can link in more closely with the building design and construction process to promote BIPV. Click here to watch the video.

These events are supported by the City of Toronto - Economic Development & Culture

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