The European Photovoltaics Industry Association (EPIA), supported by Design-BuildSolar, is to host a one-day conference in the framework of the Sustainability Forum on BIPV during the international Solar Decathlon 2010. The conference, ‘Paving the way for building integrated photovoltaics,’ will take place on June 23.
The BIPV conference will provide a platform for discussion between the construction and PV sectors, as well as with policy-makers. The first part of the conference will focus on the latest BIPV technologies, current and future market trends of the BIPV sector and analyzing challenges and opportunities. PV industry, architects, installers and other relevant actors will provide their expertise and views.
During a second session, the economic and regulatory aspects of BIPV will be analyzed and discussed. A panel discussion with representatives of the major EU PV markets will focus on best practices and lessons learnt of implementing policies for the development of BIPV in their country.
Topics will include the implementation of feed-in tariffs as well as the recently approved European Directive on Energy Performance in Buildings. Recommendations will then be drawn to Spanish policy-makers on how to better promote the use of PV in buildings while ensuring high quality, environmental sustainability and adhere to design standards.
The Solar Decathlon, held from June 17-28, attracts experts from the building and energy sectors and reaches out to a different range of audiences with the objective to raise awareness and encourage the use of solar technologies in buildings and homes.