Building Integrated Photovoltaic ( Bipv ) Systems

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Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems are one of the most promising solar-based technologies with the potential to minimise the high energy demands of office buildings in the Adelaide CBD. Recently, the Australian government has put in significant effort to increase the sustainability of existing buildings. The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program, released as part of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010, requires the owners of Australia’s largest office buildings to reveal information regarding their energy consumption and efficiency to the public (Department of Industry and Science 2015). By replacing conventional building materials on the exterior of a building with solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, BIPV allows on-site electricity generation to reduce the building’s total energy consumption and emissions. A multifunctional technology, the modules can also serve dual functions as roofs, windows, walls, thermal insulation and daylight modulators, increasing energy efficiency and reducing operational costs. It is therefore recommended that the South Australian government develop policies and strategies to encourage the incorporation of BIVP into all future buildings and restoration projects. The development of BIVP standards and procedures will also be necessary to overcome the technical and financial constraints of BIVP and promote more industry professionals to partake in this new and innovative technology. In Australia, commercial buildings
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