Photovoltaic systems (PVs) produce electricity directly from solar radiation and are becoming more widespread as their advantages become apparent. This new guide provides an overview of how PVs work and how they are incorporated in the design of buildings, giving designers a good idea of the variety and flexibility of PVs and of their design and aesthetic potential. Seven contemporary case studies illustrate the use and application of photovoltaic systems.
'An invaluable primer for any architect or client considering integrated photovoltaics.' - Architecture Today
'This book is a concise and useful guide to building-integrated photovoltaics.' - Architectural Review
Part One. 1. Introduction. 2. What are Photovoltaics? 3. PVs on Buildings. 4. Costs and Sizing. 5. PVs in Building. Part Two 6. Cambridge Botanic Gardens. 7. Amersfoort - Bill Watts and Randall Thomas. 8. Parkmount Housing Belfast - Richard Partington. 9. The Charter School - Randall Thomas. 10. The Solar Office: Doxfold International -David Lloyd Jones. 11. The Earth Centre Canopy - Peter Clegg. 12. The BP Institute - Chris Cowper and Philip Armitage. 13. Haileybury Imperial College - Bill Watts. 14. PVs in Perspective - Bill Dunster. 15. Conclusion - Randall Thomas. Appendix.