Solar architecture: product development, innovation in design and building process. Experiences of the ConstructPV research project

October 19th, 2015
SUPSI, Department for environment and construction design, Campus Trevano, Canobbio, 17.30


The Department for Environment, Construction and Design and the Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment of SUPSI organized, in the context of the European research project ConstructPV, an event for students, architects and other interested stakeholders in order to stimulate a discussion on the important role of solar energy in buildings. SUPSI introduced the lecture  presenting some design approaches and architectural strategies today available with BIPV as well as the main research activities of the group in this field. UNStudio, a dutch architectural firm with over 25 years of international experience, illustrated the leitmotif that guides its projects where sustainability is an integral part of the design process. Some important architectural references where BIPV becomes part of the conceptual idea and aesthetical language have been presented focusing the topic on BIPV customizability and its aesthetic appeal. Ed Züblin AG., project coordinator and one of the largest German construction companies, presented new developments in building construction related to BIPV.  An integrated building process BIM-based as well as the technological innovation linked to BIPV facade systems, in terms of both building skin engineering and performance, have been presented as key-factors. Students of bachelor in Architecture, some professors and architects attended the event in classrom while some other architects, engineers and manufacturers attended through the webinar on-line platform. SUPSI experimented a new format during this lecture creating an interactive survey through an on-line webinar platform. Both attendees in classroom and on-line were asked to anwer in real time to some questions that were requested during the event on the presented topics (3 for each presentation), through their smartphone, tablet or pc. The results of these polls, at the end of the day, created interesting starting points for an open discussion with students and professionals.