Relevant Publications

Below is an up to date list of publications that are are directly applicable to the architectural solar market.

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2017

Ran Fu, David Feldman, Robert Margolis, Mike Woodhouse, and Kristen Ardani

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


September 2017



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State of the art of advanced solar control devices for buildings

Tilmann E. Kuhn

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Heidenhofstr. 2, 79110 Freiburg, Germany

January 2017

Building Integrated Photovoltaics:

Product overview for solar building skins

SUPSI – Swiss BIPV Competence Centre

Status Report 2017

In most European countries the new regulations on energy performance in buildings,

derived from the EPDB 2010, have been defined and the time for the regulations to become

mandatory is very near. The energy performance regulations are now taking over as the main

driving factor for the BIPV market. And that has huge consequences. Instead of BIPV finding its

value in being visible and supporting an image, the main value of BIPV products now becomes

to be invisible. In other words: we do not want to see anymore the difference between a regular

building component and a BIPV component.




Photovoltaic European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP)

BIPV Position Paper - December 2016

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) As A Core Element For Smart Cities


U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2016

Ran Fu, Donald Chung, Travis Lowder, David Feldman, Kristen Ardani, and Robert Margolis

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


September 2016

An empirical study of performance characteristics of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) system for the realization of zero energy building

Jae Bum Lee, Jae Wan Park, Jong Ho Yoon, Nam Choon Baek, Dai Kon Kim, U. Cheul Shin

January 2013

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector:

An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System Prices

Ted James, Alan Goodrich, Michael Woodhouse, Robert Margolis, and Sean Ong


November 2011

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Unitized Pre-Assembled BIPV Curtain Wall IRS Private Letter Ruling (PLR)

PLR Number : 201043023

Internal Revenue Service

Department of the Treasury Washington, DC 20224


Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Designs for Commercial and Institutional Structures

A Sourcebook for Architects

Patrina Eiffert, Ph.D.

Gregory J. Kiss

NREL / BK-520-25272

February 2000

Optimal Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Applications

Gregory Kiss

Jennifer Kinkead

Kiss & Company Architects

New York, New York

NREL / TP-472-20339

November 1995

Global Business Opportunities for Architectural Solar (BIPV)

In partnership with SolarPlaza we provide 3 perspectives on the global architectural solar market.  One from ASA Technical Director Chris Klinga, one from a US installer of BIPV systems, Anthony Pereira with AltPower, and one from an EU based manufacturer, Renato Marconi with EnergyGlass.

The Global BIPV Opportunity

Browning Rockwell & Christopher Klinga

February 22, 2017

PowerPoint Presentation


ASA Newsletter & Events



ASA Events

April 9 -11, 2018 - Future Cities Show Dubai

The second edition of the Future Cities Show is set to take place from the 9th to the 11th of April 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The show will highlight the latest and the most innovative technologies, which are set to change the Future

This show is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were set by the United Nations and was adopted by 193 countries in September 2015. The show also incorporates the 10X Dubai directives, which were set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This is a radical program that seeks to establish “X Labs” in every government entity and position Dubai 10 years ahead of the rest of the world.

January 20 - 24, 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

November 26 - 29, 2017 Big 5 Solar - Dubai, UAE  (Media Partner & Presenter)

November 16, 2017 : Webinar -  Unlocking the Power of Zero Energy with BIPV

October 23-25, 2017 Dubai Solar Show - Dubai, UAE

"Shigeru Ban - La Seine Musicale / ラ・セーヌ・ミュジカル - Paris - Solar Architecture by ISSOL"

"Shigeru Ban - La Seine Musicale / ラ・セーヌ・ミュジカル - Paris - Solar Architecture by ISSOL"

Consulting ,Design & Engineering Services


Market Research & ROI Analysis

Architectural Solar Design - BIMSolar

Join the BIMSolar Community to build Positive Energy Projects

Join the BIMSolar Community to build Positive Energy Projects

Electrical System Design (BOS)

Project Management

Onsite Supervision during installation


  • Business research, market entry analysis, benchmarking
  • Product development and architect consultation
  • Product certification road-map
  • Selection and evaluation of potential suppliers
  • Sample analysis - performance test and comparison
  • Management and control of the production process and single phases
  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Management of official test executed in certified laboratory on production elements
  • Coordination between BIPV element producer, installer of BIPV element and installer of BOS components
  • Drafting As-Built documentation and drawings
  • System monitoring during the project activation


Big 5 Solar

Nov. 26, 2017 - Dubai UAE

Where Solar & Construction Meet:

Building Integrated PV (BIPV) and Energy Efficient Building Design












ASHRAE 20th Winter Conference

Jan. 2018 - Chicago

How to Accelerate Architectural Solar in the US Market:

From Building-Integrated Photovoltaic to Building Component

Chris Klinga - ASA Technical Director

Building Integrated Photovoltaic modules (BIPV) are considered to be building–integrated, if the PV modules form a construction product providing a function as defined in the European Construction Product Regulation CPR 305/2011.  Thus the BIPV module is a prerequisite for the integrity of the building’s functionality.  If the integrated PV module is dismounted, the PV module would have to be replaced by an appropriate construction product.