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.
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
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
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.
- A Strategy for BIPV in Canada; Carleton University; July 2012
- CanSIA Submission: BIPV in the FiT program; May 2012
- BIPV- An Overview of the Existing Products; European PV Industry Association (EPIA)
- BIPV – A New Design Opportunity for Architects; EPIA
Barriers to BIPV in the FiT Program; City of Toronto
BIPV Resource Guide - NRCan
- Barriers facing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) - Recommendations for BIPV Participation in the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program
- BIPV Marketing and Communication Guide – IEA
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