BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Methods

Pajkic, N, Kragh, M, Yang, J, Wijeratne Mudiyanselage, P, Wijeratne Mudiyanselage, P, Too, E and Wakefield, R., et al., 2019, BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Methods, IEA International Energy Agency, Ursen, Switzerland

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Title of report BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Methods
Author(s) Pajkic, N
Kragh, M
Yang, J
Wijeratne Mudiyanselage, P
Wijeratne Mudiyanselage, P
Too, E
Wakefield, R., et al.,
Year of publication 2019
Publisher IEA International Energy Agency
Place of publication Ursen, Switzerland
ISBN 9783906042862
Subjects Building Science and Techniques
Abstract/Summary The given state-of-the-art review of BIPV design and management tools presents recent developments in BIPV modelling concerning design and management processes with different levels of detail, targeting various stakeholders and their requirements in the BIPV value chain in relation to geophysical, technical, economic and environmental aspects. It goes beyond focusing only on PV modelling and gives an overview of the BIPV tools from the perspective of BIPV integration in design and multi-performance modelling and planning. The report examines features and functions, as well as potential development and limitations of currently available tools used in BIPV planning process, including tools specifically designed for BIPV and PV tools with capacity to simulate certain BIPV cases. Moreover, report provides information on limitation and reliability of these tools in different settings and for different BIPV categories, indicating pathways and tools selection that would provide the highest confidence and fidelity of results as well as positive user experience throughout the process. The report streamlines workflows according to the type and complexity of BIPV integration and offers pathways and tools suitable for required case. The report included 15 domains of BIPV planning such as geophysical, technical, economic and environment which affect successful BIPV integration. 27 software, 9 online tools and 4 apps were compared against the aforementioned domains. The findings of this review showed none of the examined software and apps can cater to all the factors pertaining to PV project design and management. Results have shown that majority of tools used in BIPV modelling come from PV domain and consequently still lack important features regarding BIPV integration, especially for vertical or externally mounted BIPV. Therefore, this study propose a decision support system which will address stakeholders practical difficulties by providing the main features: (1) a local
Commissioning body International Energy Agency (Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme)
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