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Building Safety into Building Integrated Photovoltaics

The new UL 7103 Standard is aimed at simplifying the BIPV compliance process

Roof top with BIPV solar panels

May 13, 2019

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) are beginning to replace conventional building materials as PV technology improves and the drive for environmentally friendly buildings and building solutions continues. These materials are becoming so economical and aesthetically pleasing that architects are beginning to integrate them right into their designs.

These non-conventional materials incorporate PV modules that serve a double purpose by also becoming a component of the building envelope. Historically, these products have been evaluated to multiple standards: UL 1703, UL 790 and either ASTM D3161 or UL 1897. However, the introduction of UL 7103 combines all necessary elements, making it easier than ever to demonstrate compliance.

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