Balancing Design Goals & Technical Requirements
In many installations, Solarvolt™ BIPV solar lites by Vitro Architectural Glass are fitted in the form of overhead glazing, canopy structures and skylights.
Technical Requirements for Overhead Glazing
Overhead glazing is defined as having a slant of >15°. Vertical glazing has a slant of ≤ 15° to the perpendicular. These rules apply to glazing with continuous linear supports on two opposite sides. They also describe the necessary glass inset in the support profiles. Due consideration is given to snow loads, wind pressure and wind suction together with other load elements playing a decisive role in dimensioning the glass.
Other considerations include whether to use double- or triple-glazed insulating glass filled with air or inert gas, such as Argon. It is also necessary to consider the location of the building, as well as the installation angle and height.
Important: These requirements are NOT fulfilled by classic standard framed or unframed lites. Vitro Architectural Glass designs and produces double-glazed BIPV lites specifically for overhead glazing, taking into account customer needs and technical requirements.
Explore BIPV Design Options
Solarvolt™ BIPV glass lites are available in a variety of configurations, from solar cell arrangement to multiple crystalline silicon types and beyond.
Glass Substrates & Low-E Coatings
To meet your design and environmental performance objectives, Solarvolt™ BIPV lites can be used with any Vitro glass substrate and/or low-emissivity (low-e) coating.