What is the regulatory context for buildings?
Several labels or certifications (Energy-Carbon (E+ C-) reference, Effinergie, Minergie, BREEAM, LEED) take into account onsite energy production, allowing for the highest certification ratings. In a very concrete way with regards to the E+C- framework, our photovoltaic glass helps achieve a level 3 rating for the energy parameter. For commercial and office property, just installing solar panels on the roof is invariably insufficient given the available surface area and the building’s total energy requirements. The integration of solar in construction (Building-Integrated Photovoltaics “BIPV”) therefore needs to be extended to facades, opaque areas as well as windowed, fixed and opening.
Smart, autonomous facades
Together with its partners, Sunpartner is developing innovative solutions to give facades energy autonomy, such as the removal of false ceilings, walls and floors inside a building for when air, heat and light come from the facade. The finalising of EU norm (EN 17037), that concerns lighting in buildings, will be happening soon, and this will establish relevant metrics:
+ The minimum amount of natural light in a building
+ The view on outside
+ The amount of time occupants are exposed to direct light