15Enabling Framework for the Development of BIPV

Task Managers

The overall objective of Task 15 is to create an enabling framework to accelerate the penetration and deployment of BIPV products in the global market of renewable energies and in the construction sector, resulting in an equal playing field for BIPV products, BAPV products and regular building envelope components; respecting mandatory, aesthetic, reliability and financial issues.


As BIPV is related both to electric technology and construction technology, the approach followed in this Task is based on a value added approach in which BIPV is not only related to PV (covering energy, environmental, and PR aspects) but as well to the building as a whole and to the building industry (covering aesthetics, building energy performance, and multi-functionality of the building envelope). The scope of this Task covers both new and existing buildings, different PV technologies, different applications, as well as scale difference from 1-family dwellings to large-scale BIPV application in offices and utility buildings.

The currently running, second phase of Task 15 started at the beginning of 2020 and runs until 2023 with the following subtasks:

1Subtask A : Technological Innovation System (TIS) analysis for BIPV

Subtask A will lift the perspective from individual business models that were evaluated in phase 1 to an overall business plan for the BIPV field based on the innovation research methodology TIS.

Subtask Leader:

VAN NOORD Michiel (RISE, Sweden)

2Subtask B : Cross-sectional analysis: learning from existing BIPV installations

In Subtask B we are working towards a well-defined multifunctional evaluation of BIPV. A multi-dimensional evaluation matrix considering energetic, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects is developed. This methodology will be applied to selected BIPV plants and allow a structured determination, analysis and assessment of the multifunctional performance of BIPV systems.

Subtask Leaders:

KAPSIS Costa (Uni Waterloo, Canada)


3Subtask C : BIPV guidelines

The scope of Subtask C is to support the implementation of best BIPV practices and drive the decision-making process that could lead to an effective BIPV design as well as a resilient and robust BIPV installation while maintaining good architecture. The objective of this subtask is to consolidate existing BIPV knowledge and compile it into a technical guidebook for building professionals (architects, engineers and consultants).

Subtask Leader:

YANG Rebecca (RMIT, Australia)

4Subtask D : Digitalization for BIPV

Subtask D will facilitate the application of BIPV over the whole value chain and improve its reliability with the potential of digitalization. It will (a) compare the BIPV real performance with the simulated performance; (b) identify operative approaches, methods and workflows relevant under each domain of BIPV digitalised design and management, (c) collect requirements for digital product data models from the perspective of different stakeholders; (d) define the main information modeling/management (IM) strategies to effectively implement a digital process to improve interoperability along the value chain and pre-normative recommendations and standards; and (e) explore the decision making process with data mining.

Subtask Leader:

EDER Gabi (OFI, Austria)

5Subtask E : Pre-normative international research on BIPV characterisation methods

The goal of Subtask E is to carry out pre-normative international research to develop new and optimised characterisation methods for BIPV modules and systems, based on the topics identified during the first phase of IEA-PVPS Task 15 and by analysis of national building codes that are relevant to BIPV installations. Both experimental and model-based approaches will be pursued. The goal is to cover a set of characteristics uniting all requirements on BIPV worldwide, to facilitate local/national building component approval.

Subtask Leader:

WILSON Helen Rose (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)

The third phase of Task 15 is currently in planning and will last for other 4 years (2024-2027). Experts that would like to contribute to the new work plan can contact the Task Managers.

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