Building-Integrated Solar Photovoltaics Cedar Rapids IA

Local resource for building integrated solar photovoltaics in Cedar Rapids, IA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to photovoltaic materials, conventional building materials, building envelope, and solar energy as well as advice and content on electrical power and BIPV modules.

Eco Builders of Iowa
(319) 929-1941
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Allan Custom Homes, Inc.
(319) 447-6019
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Signature Homes
(563) 513-0223
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Habitat for Humanity - Iowa Valley
(319) 337-8949
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Affordable, Site-Built Homes

LTC Homes, Inc.
(319) 899-4021
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Morris Wood Enterprises, LLC
(319) 360-0865
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Kelley General Construction Services
(319) 447-7775
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Manufactured Homes, Site-Built Homes

Jerry's Homes, Inc.
(515) 278-5992
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Dill Homes, LLC
(319) 393-5345
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

First Construction Company
(319) 366-6021
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Building Integrated Solar Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Building integrated solar photovoltaics refers to a broad group of solar energy materials used directly in the construction of buildings. Around the world, there are buildings that use solar photovoltaics in roofing, shading (e.g. awnings) and other building materials.

One of the most impressive examples of this is the building at 4 Times Square, New York City. This office tower on the busiest square in the world's busiest city integrates solar photovoltaic materials right into the structure of the skyscraper. It's highly revered in the world of solar architecture and fits right in with world class developments around it.

For consumers, there are a number of ways to integrate solar energy systems right into the building materials of your home.

Solar electric roofing tiles

Solar electric roofing tiles (or shingles) are solar cells that look very much like regular slate shingles. In 2005, Kyocera debuted MyGen Meridian building integrated solar photovoltaics, part of a growing number of products available for consumers. These inter-locking tiles look great, save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

Solar awnings

This home in California uses a solar awning. The PV array has a double function-- collecting energy from the sun while at the same time providing shading for the patio.

Retrofitting

Retrofitting may be a more costly aspect of building integrated solar photovoltaics, but with increases in state financing incentives and growing interest am...

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