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Kingsgate House – BIPV

An award winning design for Architectural BIPV with these stunning vertical louvres

In London’s fashionable Chelsea district, you will find Kingsgate House. Catalyst Homes was awarded best affordable housing scheme at the 2014 24Housing awards for this stunning project.

This was a new build residential development using coloured PV cells. The aim was to deliver a world-class building, achieving CSH level 4 and PEFC certification — the first major project in the world to do so. 

The Solution

The building features a range of environmentally friendly design features including some rather eye-catching green photovoltaic (PV) cells laminated into glass louvres, designed and manufactured exclusively by Dellner Romag. They run vertically down the front of the building and are designed to look like a living wall. The PV cells generate free electricity and also provide shading too. Each apartment has its own recessed balcony which stays cool during the day.

Dellner Romag building integrated PV (BIPV) laminates were manufactured to a bespoke design, working in conjunction with UK-based louvre framing specialist Colt, whose Shadowvoltaic systems provided the mounting for them.

A vertical shading system was devised using green and gold PV cells to blend in with the local streetscape. The Romag BIPV vertical louvre laminates generate 13,145 kWh of electricity per annum, saving 8.2 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Together the PV cells and EAHP provide a 20% renewable contribution as required by the local authority.

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