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Solar Glazing: Solar Windows and Facades Improve Building ROI

Solar glass can be used to replace conventional construction materials such as glazing or cladding, whilst also generating electricity on site.


In multi-storey buildings where roof space is often limited, façades and windows usually offer the most potential for electricity generation, thus the development of solar glazing is set to play an important role in the growth of ‘urban micro-generation’.

 As well as being aesthetically pleasing and visually innovative, solar glass can improve the return on investment from the building, the more so if the product used is MCS certified and thus able to qualify for the Feed-in Tariff. 

Transparency varies from 0% (fully opaque) to 50%, with a choice of colours / aesthetics on offer.


Applications

Solar glass can be used in many ‘BIPV’ (Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic) applications:

  • translucent or semi-transparent windows;

  • rain screens, curtain walling, rear-ventilated facades;

  • solar protection fins and louvres;

  • atriums, skylights;

  • privacy protection panels;

  • balustrades and fencing;

  • greenhouses;

  • bus shelters;

  • barns with transparent solar roofs.


Solar glass is multi-functional


The design of any building integrated solar system (BIPV) needs to optimise solar energy generation whilst complying with Building Regulations, meeting the desired aesthetic, meeting economic constraints and allowing for future maintenance.