IEA PVPS Task 15: Builiding integrated Photovoltaic (Working period 2019 - 2021)

The focal points of this Task are: Digitization of the BIPV planning processes (BIM), creation of a multifunctional evaluation matrix (ecological, economic, energetic, architectural); harmonization (construction, electrical engineering) of the pre-normative tests of BIPV elements as well as the creation of a practice-oriented guideline for the construction industry.

Short Description

Globally, the current energy system is changing, with photovoltaics (PV) playing a key role. Especially in the last decade, PV power generation has made the leap from niche technology to a major player in the global energy supply.

In Austria, a tenfold increase in the currently installed photovoltaic capacity (i.e., currently 1.5 to 15 GW) is required to achieve the federal government's energy target of 100% electricity from renewables by 2030. In the medium term, by 2050, at least a further doubling is required due to the expected electricity growth. For a high acceptance of this technology, but also as an example for other countries, it is necessary to optimize the integration of PV in buildings. The associated opportunities for Austria to export BIPV products and know-how should be exploited.

The international context of the IEA PVPS program is ideal for the Austrian industry and research community to set up / expand their BIPV expertise and market share. The contribution of the Austrian consortium (working period: 1st October 2019 until 31st December 20121) in the IEA PVPS Task 15.2 will focus on

  • better integration of BIPV in the integral planning of buildings / constructions (digitization of planning processes) for renovation and new construction
  • the demonstration of BIPVs product diversity in terms of technologies, design options and the possible ways of physical integration into buildings (facades, roofs, canopies, ...)
  • better anchoring of BIPV in national and international laws and guidelines as well as the harmonization of BIPV test regulations and standards from the construction and electrical engineering sectors
  • the demonstration of the marketing potential of power generation in/on buildings and the development of viable business models
  • the development of comprehensive assessment parameters for BIPV installations (energetic, economic, environmental and aesthetic) and their integration into a multi-functional evaluation matrix for implemented and planned BIPV projects
  • the dissemination of knowledge from lighthouse and best practice projects to a specific target audience (participation in a BIPV Construction Manual for the construction industry)

The intensive international networking and cooperation will lead to a national know-how build-up and can therefore contribute significantly to the establishment of an internationally operating, domestic BIPV industry.


Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Korea
Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, Spain

Contact Address

Project leader

Peter Illich, Momir Tabakovic
FH Technikum Wien
Giefinggasse 6
1210 Wien

Project Partners

Gabriele Eder
Franz -Grill-Straße 5
1030 Wien

Dieter Moor
Ertex Solar
Peter-Mitterhofer-Straße 4
3300 Amstetten

Lukas Gaisberger
FH Oberöstereich
Franz-Fritsch-Straße 11
4600 Wels

Karl Berger
Giefinggasse 2
1210 Wien

Michael Grobbauer
FH Salzburg
Urstein Süd 1
5412 Puch/Salzburg