Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Market Demand, Challenges, Forecast and Strategies To 2025

Photovoltaics is one of the most promising arenas among renewable energy technologies. Ensuring there are no concerns related to environmental hazards and energy shortage, photovoltaics (PV) is an ideal way of directly converting sunlight into electricity.  In building integrated photovoltaics, the photovoltaic elements have become an integral part of the building. A number of photovoltaics designers and experts in the U.S., Japan, and Europe are exploring newer ways of incorporating solar energy in buildings. In a building integrated photovoltaics systems, a photovoltaic system is built by assembling several individual collectors, known as ‘modules’, mechanically and electrically into an array. A building integrated photovoltaics system integrates these modules onto the surface of the building, such as the façade or the roof. Apart from adding architectural appeal to the building, the building integrated photovoltaics system saves considerable amount of material and electricity, simultaneously bringing down the use of fossil fuels and the consequent harmful emissions. Building integrated photvoltaics could be used in off-grid, stand-alone systems as well as with utility grids. ...

How a 19th-Century Workman’s Cottage Became a Family Home

In Gallatin, N.Y., the husband-wife co-founders behind the design firm Workstead converted a 1850s clapboard house into a rural idyll. The 1850s workman’s cottage, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Schoolhouse White, in Gallatin, N.Y. Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith added a chimney and small mudroom at the front entrance — the only changes to the footprint of the house.CreditCreditMatthew Williams For most couples, attempting a gut renovation of a historic home in a matter of months — while expecting twins — is a surefire recipe for disaster. But for Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, the husband-and-wife co-founders of the Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead, the recent revamp of an 1850s residence in upstate New York not only presented them with a thrilling challenge, it also marked a celebratory homecoming after a few years spent living in the South. “New York, for us, is a return to the foundation of where we started our company and started our design language and our work — and now our family,” Highsmith told me one recent sunny morning as we strolled through the lush grass that surrounds the charming two-story clapboard home, a former workman’s cottage p...