The incorporation of in-roof mounting solutions, or building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), doesn’t have to be a project that becomes a nightmare that never ends. BIPV are designed to seamlessly replace traditional elements of a building, such as roofing and facades. There are BIPV modules to fit any building, with customizing services available to include size, color, and shape. An architect can add in-roof mounting solutions that become a fully integrated characteristic of the overall structural design.
BIPV provides an advantage over a conventional solar panel system in the construction cost of the building itself. Using an in-roof mounting solution can reduce cost of construction materials and labor. Utilizing a BIPV as a skylight system can decrease energy costs by the use of solar energy for light and heat, as well as increase the aesthetic value of the building. As an electrical resistor, the BIPV modules can protect against lightning damage to the structure. The sandwich-style construction of the non-ventilated BIPV modules can also act as thermal insulation during cold or hot weather.