Other activities

Franziska Rehde from the Institute for Building Construction at the Technische Universität Dresden, attended the last IABSE conference in Vancuver with a presentation on “Standardization and testing Issues of Building integrated photovoltaic”.The achieved results within Construct PV Project were presented in front of a large public.


Information about the IABSE conference can be found here.

NTUA  researchers and participated in the 6th International Conference “Energy in Buildings 2017” (EinB2017) organized by the Hellenic Department of ASHRAE in Athens, Greece.

NTUA presented the large roof demosite at NTUA campus. Title of the presentation is “Building integrated Photovoltaic Systems: Integration and Performance Evaluation in real site application at NTUA premises”.

At the demo site, an advanced online monitoring system has been installed providing the ability to gather all the necessary data for the performance evaluation of the BIPV system, such as power and specific energy yield.



Ashrae - Hellas

Details about the conference can be found here.

Francesco Frontini of SUPSI participated with an oral presentation in the Session E7:Performance Modeling of BIPV Systems of the internation conference ADVANCE BUILDING SKINS 2017.
The presentation with the title A design tool for customized BIPV in a BIM-based process presented the main result within WP5 of Construct PV.
Web tool for BIPV design
The following topic have been highlighted:

  • Presentation of the new design tool for the early design phase of BIPV
  • BIPV component design customization possibilities
  • Interoperability with a BIM-based process


More information can be found on the Conference web-site at this link.




Construct PV will be present at the 2017 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference!  The PVSC-44 will be held June 25-30, 2017, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the capital of the United States, Washington D.C.

SUPSI will present the following paper:

C. S. Polo López, P. Bonomo, F. Frontini, V. Medici, L. Nespoli, Performance assessment of a BIPV Roofing Tile in outdoor testing, 2017-IEEE PVSEC  Washington DC, USA- June, 2017


Please find more information here


In the framework of the world’s largest trade fair on glass in building, the glasstec, will host the international symposium “engineered transparency” during 20th and 21st of September, 2016. The Construct PV Mock up will be exhibited during the event and some project partners will also contribute to the international conference as participants and with scientific papers.

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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.




The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and renewable heating technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) attended the event providing information and dissemination about the project Construct PV and showing a mock-up of the roof BIPV system under development in the project.

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The Department of Architecture, Construction and Design of SUPSI organized, in collaboration with the Conference Technical Associations of the Canton Ticino, an event on Building Information Modeling (BIM) with the aim to stimulate a discussion on the important role of BIM in the future of the construction industry. The event brought information, testimonials and experiences ranging from international best practice up to the cantonal context concluding with a roundtable and open discussion between the speakers and the participants. The event has reported an important participation of about 200 people involving all the stakeholders of the construction industry among which clients, public and private, architects, engineers, construction companies and students. Read more »