This WG’s Chair is dr. Alessandra Scognamiglio (ENEA, Italy) and its Vice Chair is dr. Francesco Frontini (SUPSI, Switzerland).
This Working Group deals with the use of photovoltaics in the built environment. In particular with energy performance related issues of the use of photovoltaics in buildings (i.e. so called BIPV, Building Integrated Photovoltaics), and to the use of simulation models for predicting the performance of photovoltaics under the conditions imposed by specific different built environments.
This WG is highly multidisciplinary, since knowledge is necessary from different disciplines: architecture, engineering, urban planning, design.
This Task is structured in other four Subtasks, which are focusing on specific research questions and approaches useful for the second part of the action.
Sub Task 4.1a CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED ISSUES
ST leaders: Aleksandra Krstic, Alessandra Scognamiglio
What is the kind of built environment in which PV is used? What are the challenges in using PV for different built environments? How to describe a specific environment, so as to give the correct inputs to simulation models?
To answer this question, in this multidisciplinary ST, research will be done on: definitions of different built environments; identification of the main PV-related issues; analysis of the main possibilities of use of PV in specific different built environments (suitability and boundary conditions).
Sub Task 4.1.b SIMULATION MODELS AND RELATED ISSUES
ST leaders: Mirjana Devetakovic, Maider Machado Garcia
What are the simulation models currently used for predicting the energy performance of PV in the built environment? Are there gaps? What information is needed to use them?
This ST will produce a state of the art regarding the simulation models used for predicting the energy performance of PV in the built environment, highlighting the needs for improvements and new functions.
Sub Task 4.1.c BUILDING PLANNING CODES AND REGULATIONS
ST leaders: Georgia Apostolou, Margarita Ginovska
Very often the use of PV in the built environment is limited due to so called “not technical barriers”, such as building planning codes and regulations. There are also cases where some legislative support exists that fosters the use of PV.
This ST will produce a state of the art of building planning codes and regulations that have an influence on the use of PV in the built environment, based on different country perspectives. Therefore, it includes also translations of national documents in English, when necessary.
Sub Task 4.1.d ENERGY PERFORMANCE NORMS THAT APPLY TO BUILDINGS
ST leaders: Francesco Frontini, Margarita Ginovska
Photovoltaics is considered a crucial technology for meeting the goal of the Net Zero Energy balance of buildings. Very often energy performance norms that apply to buildings can influence also the use of PV. From the energy point of view, photovoltaic modules, if used within the building envelope, can be considered both as passive and active elements of the building.
This ST will produce a state of the art of energy performance norms that apply to buildings, based on different country perspectives. Therefore, it includes also translations of national documents in English, when necessary.