Leaview Sandymoor Project
David Wilson Homes, Halton, Runcorn
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope in roof, skylights or facades. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings for a principal or auxiliary source of electrical power. However existing building can be retrofitted with similar technology.
We have successfully started the first BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) installations for David Wilson Homes in the North West Region, which is part of the Barratt Group. The site in Runcorn, which consists of 106 properties, will consist of BIPV modules on every dwelling to satisfy code and planning requirements.
We have designed and developed this product specifically for the new build sector where aesthetics are a key factor in the deployment of solar PV panels. Along with their sleek design and aesthetically appealing visuals, our BIPV modules are easy to install and are integrated into the roof structure with any roof tile.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Design
A BIPV system presents all the ancillary offerings of a conventional system. All of our systems possess the ability for multiple inverter variations and configuration splits of a traditional system. The overall aesthetic of our BIPV systems are evident in the clean lines our systems present. With the ability to run parallel with existing tiles of the property our BIPV systems are a visually pleasing alternative. The ability to offer a flush finish and extremely efficient installation of the BIPV system greatly reduces our operation man hours compared to a frame mounted installations.
Integrated Photovoltaics reduce the initial cost and the amount of spend on building materials and labour that would be used to construct the parts of the building that the BIPV module replaces compared to non-integrated systems.
Offering a full turnkey package to our clients from the early stages of design through to handover gives our clients a one stop shop with one contact for all aspects of the scheme. It also helps to reduce costs as we are a National Installer and can service sites all over the UK. This limits the use for sub-contractors and extra margins being added to the costs.