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A showcase of case studies, 
products and tools for IPV

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IEA PVPS Task 15 project aims to create an enabling framework to accelerate the penetration of BIPV products in the global market of renewables.

Operazione co-finanziata dall’Unione europea, Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale, dallo Stato Italiano, dalla Confederazione elvetica e dai Cantoni nell’ambito del Programma di Cooperazione Interreg V-A Italia-Svizzera

Single-family house in Lasa

new construction

Building use: 
IPV architectural system: 
IPV integration year: 
between 2011 and 2015
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Single-family house in Lasa

Via Venosta 70/a, Lasa (BZ), Italy



Aesthetic integration

Energy integration

Technology integration

Decision making

Lessons learnt


Producer and installer



The BIPV system is integrated into a 2-storey residential building located in a small village of Val Venosta, along the Adige River. It consists of semi-transparent glass modules installed in the glazed balconies railings on the first level. The modules represent a barrier that protects the large windows characterizing the main building façade, without blocking the mountain landscape view from inside.


Main building designer: 

Geom. Renato Coletti

IPV components producer: 

EnergyGlass Srl

Via Domea 79, Cantù (CO), Italy

The modules' pattern highlights the building’s horizontal development. Due to the refined design, the BIPV system combines the energy production functionality with an aesthetically pleasing aspect.

The BIPV plant was designed to provide a yearly energy of around 800 kWh. Its electricity output, together with the production of additional PV modules located on the roof (1 kWp), supplies the energy demand of a connected PV-Heater (REFUsol), which is used to heat up tap water with a heating rod in the house’s hot water tank. The two PV plants form a stand-alone system which is able to cover the whole building’s thermal energy need (building owner).

The BIPV plant is made from 6 frameless modules (EGM 84-90 ST), which are assembled using laminated safety glass (10 + 10 mm). The PV cells between the glass layers are spaced out leaving gaps of 2–5 cm, thus making the modules semi-transparent (37–38%). The modules are connected to inner bypass diodes, which do not require the modules to be divided into sub-modules. Two junction boxes are placed at the bottom of each glass panel. The PV mounting system (Q railing Easy Glass Slim) does not require holes because the laminated glass is wedged into a 120 mm metal rail all along the balcony which also guarantees the water drainage.

The owner decided to integrate photovoltaic modules into the balcony’s railings when the building construction was almost completed. Primarily, the PV plant is a useful solution to supply the boiler energy demand, previously supplied by a pellet stove. Second, the owner wanted to use a semi-transparent shading device to partially cover the view into the large windows, initially thinking about a satin or serigraphic glass solution. The final BIPV solution was found visiting a PV products exhibition, where he compared different solar glass solutions and found the best one (building owner).

The building owner carried out a detailed evaluation before deciding to integrate the photovoltaic technology in the glazed parapet. He wanted something that could partially cover the windows, so he also considered to install satin or serigraphic glass. An economic assessment revealed that the glazed PV could be quite competitive with the glass. Aesthetically, quite the same striped texture could be produced. So, the photovoltaic option has been preferred (building owner). The low amount of energy production and the lack of a suitable storage solution on market, in 2012, led the owner to connect the photovoltaic plant to the PV heater exploiting in a different way the generated electricity. The current innovation level reached on the photovoltaic market allowed him to re-think other possible solutions, as using an inverter with integrated energy storage (building owner). This confirms that the energy integration aspect is becoming more and more important in BIPV.


Project type: 
Architectural system: 
Integration year: 
Active material: 
Monocrystalline silicon
Module transparency: 
System power [kWp]: 
System area [m²]: 
Module dimensions [mm]: 
1,120 x 1,905, 1,120 x 2,005
Modules orientation: 
Modules tilt [°]: 
Annual PV production [kWh]: 
Total cost [€]: 
IPV components producer: 

EnergyGlass Srl

Via Domea 79, Cantù (CO), Italy
Via Venosta 70/a, Lasa (BZ), Italy

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