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“Forms of Energy”: The Way Architects Envision Solar Energy
A. Scognamiglio, S. Bordone, J. Grima, M.L. Palumbo
Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), PV Landscape, Zero Energy Building
PV Systems
Subtopic: PV and Architecture
Event: 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5CO.11.1
3958 - 3966
ISBN: 3-936338-27-2
Paper DOI: 10.4229/26thEUPVSEC2011-5CO.11.1
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The topic of energy has become crucial for our future; the focus of discussion after many years, is no longer restricted to minority groups of ecologists and courageous owners of small businesses: it is influencing the field of Architecture, too. Also regulations are fostering architects to use energy as a new input for the project. Due to this new condition, now a deep common thinking in between architecture and technological and scientific research is needed, to answer our questions and needs with regard to buildings and cities of our future. One of the main questions is: what link can we conceive between forms of energy and the forms of architecture? All around the world, architects are taking up the challenge. In order to investigate this topic, in June 2010, ENEA (participating in the IEA-SHC Task 41 Solar Energy and Architecture) together with Domus, launched a “call for proposals” to rally architects to send in projects where the topic of renewable energy was addressed. InArch supported this initiative, too. The projects we collected formed a collection of case studies. This paper will report about the main results of the recognition we carried out (about 40 international proposals until June 2011), showing some case studies, where the use of Photovoltaics is significant.