Description of the company

The Institute of Building Construction is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden (TUD). The institute has been engaged with a team of civil engineers, architects and energy experts in the development and design of glass construction since 1996. An energy department was established to focus on the energy efficiency of buildings and the integration of photovoltaic – in particular, thin-film technolgies – and other renewable energy systems needed to competently meet the energy performance requirements of modern buildings with largely transparent envelopes. The hardware used by the department facilitates a wide variety of mechanical and aging tests of PV modules and glazing systems. As an accredited testing laboratory for construction and construction products, the institute is acutely familiar with German and European building regulations and participates in the working group on building-integrated photovoltaics within the national standardization organization for electrical engineering.
Experience includes BIPV product development and experimental analysis for industry partners, as well as joint research projects.

Role of the company in the Construct-PV project

The role of the Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden in the project will be reviewing the Standards for integrating BIPV modules in building facade and roof and assessing of prototypes in terms of reliability and stability with constructional tests. TUD will be responsible of WP2, where testing ans standards will be investigated.

Similar projects

TUD has also participated in:

  • BIPV-CIS: Improved Building Integration of PV by using Thin Film Modules in CIS Technology.
  • PV-VH-Fassaden: Ventilated curtain walling with photovoltaic elements.
  • Solar Valley BIPV: To achieve grid parity.