USE OF PHOTOVOLTAICS IN HISTORICAL BUILDINGS: AN ARCHITECTURAL APPROACH

Paper fot the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

ABSTRACT: The attention of the public for energy conservation is influencing the field of Architecture, and implies a new regard to the energy consumption of existing buildings, too. As a consequence, in historical cities, architects are asked to re-design buildings in order to improve their performance. For this re-design, very often, new energy production technologies might be used, and Photovoltaics is eminently suitable for this use. Nevertheless, despite its potentialities, and despite much research carried out in the past years, many barriers to the use of Photovoltaics in historical buildings still exist. As a result, its use is quite limited. Its use is still a big challenge for architects and the public also sees it with suspicious. This paper represents a contribute to the need of a better understanding of this condition, and tries to construct a new perspective from which “Photovoltaics” and “historical buildings” are no longer a striking matching. The proposal of the paper is an architectural approach, which considers the energy issues and also the need for a new Aesthetics taking into account the energy performance of buildings. The aim of the paper is stimulating a wider discussion involving architects, the public, and researchers. Keywords: BIPV, Design, Eco-buildings, Renovation.

About paesaggisensibili

Architect and senior fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of Toronto University, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, where since 2003 I am in charge of the Institute Master Programs. My studies are rooted in the fields of architecture and philosophy of science with a special interest in biology and anthropology. Key words for my research are: Man, Space, Nature, Technique, Webness, Ecology, Relations, Interactions, Resources, Energy, Landscape, Footprint, Past and Future. My goal is to build critical understanding of the present to suggest useful strategies to build the future.

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