During the 2012 edition of GlassBuild America, NGA will be holding a Solar Power Symposium with speakers from the photovoltaics and building construction industries.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) fenestration applications are really beginning to gain traction in the US and it will have a major impact on the glass and glazing industry.
Photovoltaics (PV) is a natural for fenestration applications in building envelopes; especially, thin-film modules replacing conventional glass with energy producing glass. The functionality of glass as a cost-effective building material is further enhanced by incorporating PV.
Any conventional glass application can be replaced with BIPV modules having the same structural and thermal characteristics. This type of application can reduce the building’s energy consumption down to net-zero which means the building can produce at least as much energy as it uses.
This year’s four-hour symposium will have an expanded agenda as well different speakers from the photovoltaics industry and building construction, who will be allotted more time to cover topics in more detail.
This will be the fourth year the NGA has presented a photovoltaic seminar, with each year breaking the record attendance that was set the previous year.