Buildings in the EU are responsible for about 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. The EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all newly built buildings to be nearly zero-energy by the end of 2020. However, new buildings will only make up a fraction of the existing buildings in 2050. For the EU to reach climate neutrality by mid-century, the upcoming Renovation Wave must use all available options to decarbonise all new and existing buildings in the EU.
Solar can be deployed easily deployed on building roofs with standard solar panels. Solar can also be installed throughout building façades thanks to the integration of PV cells into construction products, commonly known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (“BIPV”). Thanks to BIPV, solar can be seamlessly integrated into a building on its windows, roof tiles, and façade cladding. Europe is a world leader in BIPV, with more than 200 products currently available on the market.