VITALITY - Design rules for BIPV for an early planning stage

Project: Research project

Project Details


In the planning process of buildings an early and integrative planning guideline is required to
successfully implement Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). Currently existing
shortcomings are a lack of tools and a lack of a set of rules that can be easily applied in
order to support especially those planners at an early stage who are not experienced in
PV. VITALITY aims though at developing design rules and parameter areas for technically
founded planning to be applied in exemplary use-cases with an urban context. Further, the
influence of BIPV on further planning parameters of buildings (like thermal comfort, electrical
yield) are evaluated. The usability and relevance for Building Information Modeling (BIM
systems) will play an essential role in the project. According to the definitions of Climate
Targets of the European Union (2009, 2011 and 2015) the area-wide implementation of BIPV
is a must. At the same time the European Building Directive foresees the compulsory
implementation of BIPV or similar active energy generation measures. These developments
require strong efforts in terms of simplifying and enabling the consideration of BIPV in the
planning process of buildings and urban districts. The Austrian Technology Platform
Photovoltaics (TPPV) has defined in its position paper 2014 the integration of BIPV in the
planning of new buildings as an important research topic and central cornerstone to foster
the Austrian BIPV market.
Effective start/end date1/02/1731/01/19