A special session dedicated to Construct PV  has been held on the 04th of November 2015 at the 10th Energy Forum on Advanced Building Skins in Bern, Switzerland. The aim of the conference was to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings. The annual international conference  attracted 400 participants from over fifty countries.

The special session “From Design Concepts to Real Buildings: How Stakeholders Envision BIPV”  (Session 6A: BIPV 6, 04 November 2015,14:00) has been divided into two parts. The first part of the session was dedicated to five presentations from different stakeholders with experience in the BIPV field working on Construct PV project. The second part of the session has been opened to the audience for a panel discussion


A mobile façade mock-up prepared by the coordinator of the project Züblin AG has been presented  during the exhibition demonstrating BIPV façade systems in real-scale and innovative BIPV technologies developed in the project. The mockup, originated by the collaboration of Züblin with the architecture office UN Studio, Fraunhofer ISE and the manufacturer Meyer Burger, demonstrated the main variants and possibilities in terms of architectural and technological design/manufacturing of the BIPV systems for the building skin. Visiting the mock-up, people received more information and material concerning the research project. After the exhibition at the Energy Forum in Bern, the mockup will be exhibited around Europe in next events so that it will become a mobile demonstrative facility for the project dissemination and for BIPV.


Session 6A: BIPV 6 – From Design Concepts to Real Buildings: How Stakeholders Envision BIPV

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) from the perspective of a general contractor
– Multifunctional facades
– Design method and tools
– BIM-based planning process
Robert Hecker, Züblin AG, Stuttgart, Germany

PV interpreted and recognized as a façade material
– PV as façade material
– PV façade solutions
– New form of design
Tom Minderhoud, UN Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Building Integrated Photovoltaic as a multifunctional façade system: experiences from research and laboratory tests
– Multidisciplinary research on BIPV
– Latest progress concerning active facades
– Laboratory experiences
Tilmann Kuhn, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany

New design possibilities with HJT solar cells
– HJT solar cell as new possibility for BIPV
– New strategy for BIPV
Christof Erban, Meyer Burger Energy Systems, Thun, Switzerland

Making the building skin active: the experience of the construction industry
– Challenges for BIPV facades
– Technical and economical limitations
– Photovoltaic applications for building envelopes
Karoline Fath-Oliver Schwarz, Strabag, Switzerland

The session showed the approaches of the different stakeholders involved in the process of developing BIPV components. In particular architects, manufacturers, construction companies and research institutes devoted to the investigation of BIPV. The different speakers discussed on the main chance of BIPV to really become a driven force in the design of new nearly-Zero Energy Buildings. Furthermore the market situation and the perspective of BIPV have been presented together with the framework in the European standardization.