Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Our BIPV facade design for Linn Benton Community College

Energy Design is the Northwest’s leading BIPV design/build firm, and inventor of the Solar Rainframe racking system. The idea is simple, when it comes to new facilities – why build a 15 year roof, and then cover it with solar modules designed to last 25 years and beyond. Why not make the roof out of the solar modules themselves?

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) states:

“A Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) system consists of integrating photovoltaics modules into the building envelope, such as the roof or the façade. By simultaneously serving as building envelope material and power generator, BIPV systems can provide savings in materials and electricity costs, reduce use of fossil fuels and emission of ozone depleting gases, and add architectural interest to the building.”

The Solar Rainframe racking system utilizes our own rail design and racking components that create a water shedding roof utilizing standard framed solar electric modules (panels).  The Solar Rainframe is the culmination of 10 years of experience designing and building BIPV canopies.  Racking is simple, unbelievably fast, and easily adjustable.  Like all BIPV racking available on the market, each system is custom designed and engineered to fit your needs and location.  For a project quote, utilize our contact form, or send an email to CustomerCare@solarenergydesign.com.

For more examples of our BIPV projects, check out our Commercial Solar Projects &
Residential Solar Projects pages.