Photovoltaic systems (PVs) produce electricity directly from solar radiation and are becoming more widespread as their advantages become apparent. This new guide provides an overview of how PVs work and how they are incorporated in the design of buildings, giving designers a good idea of the variety and flexibility of PVs and of their design and aesthetic potential. Seven contemporary case studies illustrate the use and application of photovoltaic systems.

part |2 pages

Part One

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 2|11 pages

What are photovoltaics?

chapter 3|16 pages

PVs on buildings

chapter 4|8 pages

Costs and sizing

chapter 5|8 pages

PVs in buildings

part |2 pages

Part Two

chapter 6|10 pages

Cambridge Botanic Garden, Cambridge, UK

ByRandall Thomas

chapter 7|7 pages

Solar village at Amersfoort, Holland

ByBill Watts, Randall Thomas

chapter 8|11 pages

Parkmount Housing, Belfast

ByRichard Partington

chapter 9|7 pages

The Charter School

ByRandall Thomas

chapter 10|14 pages

The Solar Office: Doxford International

ByDavid Lloyd Jones

chapter 11|5 pages

The Earth Centre canopy

chapter 12|9 pages

University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences, BP Institute

ByChris Cowper, Philip Armitage

chapter 13|9 pages

Haileybury Imperial College

ByBill Watts

chapter 14|15 pages

PVs in perspective

ByBill Dunster

chapter 15|3 pages


ByRandall Thomas