The Effect of Utilizing Photovoltaic Systems Technique as External Finishing Materials in the Architectural Product

Abstract

Forms of advanced technology have influenced contemporary architecture; someof which are related to environmental-climatic control systems, such asPhotovoltaic systems which fall under a set of concepts concerned with theintegration of building with the environment.These concepts have emerged as a result of a basic idea, namely, the utilizationof technology by applying it to architectural design ideas in order to reduce energyconsumption used in operating a building such that it can reach a minimum. Inaddition, photovoltaic systems can integrate with a building as finishing materials which become part of the external crust design, considered as elements having thecapability of responding and being evoked by external environmental causes.Accordingly, the research problem is exemplified by the unavailability ofcomprehensive knowledge concerning the nature of treatments or procedures that adesigner can adopt while employing the Photovoltaic systems as external finishingmaterials in the crust of the building.This research aims at getting acquainted with the methods of architecturalintegration with Photovoltaic systems and the means of utilizing them in promotingthe formal acceptance of the final architectural product. This research also putsforward the assumption that the Photovoltaic systems carry the potentials whichqualify them to have an effect on the shape of the building when they are employedas finishing external materials.The end of this research arrived at the conclusion that it is necessary to try tobalance two things: achieving the formal aspect of buildings and saving the energyproduced by those systems, in addition to the necessity of achieving a positiveconformity between passive and active systems in designing a building.