by Staff Writers
Leadgate UK (SPX) Dec 03, 2015
Integrated into some of the UK's most striking buildings are the means to generate green energy for their occupants. Their secret is in the glass, or more specifically their Building Integrated PV. These discreet panels are made from laminated glass that contains PV cells, and are integrated into the facade, roof or other exterior element of a building.
Romag is a glass solutions company based in County Durham. The company has been manufacturing glass since 1943, and their PowerGlaz Building Integrated PV has been incorporated into a range of building projects around the country.
The PV is multi-functional, providing significant reductions in solar heat gain while controlling light transmission, and can be customised to match the aesthetics of a building.
Romag works closely with architects and designers to create a bespoke product that can be woven into the design of a building project and will deliver all the benefits of a multi-functional PV.
There have been several notable projects that have used Romag's PowerGlaz Building Integrated PV as part of their ground-breaking designs. The two projects below are testament to Romag's dedication to combining renewable energy technology with the vision of the building's architect.
Romag manufactured 1,392 custom-made glass laminate units to cover the 2,300 square metres of glass roofing spanning the main platforms of the station, with the integrated PV able to generate 175,000kWh of electricity each year and save over 100 tonnes of CO? emissions per annum.
Each of the PV units for the roof was made manufactured in the company's Consett factory in September 2012, and went on to become part of the UK's largest and most complex building integrated solar PV systems.
The project is an excellent example of the past meeting the future, utilising the brilliance of green energy technology while preserving the grace of the original building.
From the outset, the building was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and upon its completion it was judged to have met level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. It was also the recipient of the best affordable housing scheme at the 2014 24Housing awards.
Some of the project's green design features are the eye-catching glass louvres on the side of the building, which generate solar power from their PowerGlaz Building Integrated PV units and also create shade for each of the building's apartments.
The panels are designed and manufactured by Romag and generate 13,145 kWh of electricity per annum, saving 8.2 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Each unit is made from green and gold coloured glass to create the impression of a living wall, with the aim of fitting into the pre-existing streetscape.
Work with Romag
Whether you want your PV to be sympathetic to an existing structure, or to make a bold statement on a new project, Romag would be pleased to work with you to deliver on your objectives. You can contact us through our website.
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