Solar Cladding Can Lead to Net-Positive Construction

The building construction industry currently accounts for 40% of annual greenhouse gas emissions, due to its high carbon embodiment and carbonated energy demands. Solar Cladding and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are sustainable solutions to address these concerns and to contribute to a net-positive world. Building enveloped can utilize this advanced solar technology to produce green energy.

Solar Cladding technology can apply to almost any built structure, such as high-rise buildings, stadiums, residential homes, bus stops, greenhouses, sidewalks, noise barriers, and much more. The large-scale use of this green energy-producing technology will accelerate our efforts against the growing climate crisis.

Solar Cladding & BIPV Products

Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology is a Toronto-based BIPV manufacturer. Mitrex offers solar material such as solar facades, solar cladding, windows, roof, glass, railing and siding, incorporated into any surface the sun touches.

BIPV technology has traditionally had a variety of design, sizing, and efficiency limitations. Typically, solar technology consists of blue/black panels that noticeably applied on structures. Mitrex BIPVs acts as a solution to many of these issues and more. Specifically, Mitrex Solar Cladding panels feature solar cells in between a customizable facing layer and a high-strength backing. This material allows for energy generation on the vertical façades of structures while being lightweight and durable.

Customizable, Aesthetic Solar Facades

Customization - often such an important feature of materials - is one of the added benefits of these types of solutions. Mitrex Solar Cladding is completely customizable, providing clients with creative control. Clients may choose over a limitless range of patterns, designs and colors that can align with their creative vision. For crystal lovers, patterns such as Calcutta Marble and Azul Bahia Granite can be mimicked for use. For minimalistic lovers, the simplistic lines of wood and precast concrete can also be mimicked.

These products provide a colorful range that does not limit efficiency. The advanced, multi-layered coating process color treats solar glass. This treatment reflects a minimal amount of sunlight off the material because it creates high solar transmittance. The solar cladding panels are UV-stable, fade-resistant, and its texture can be reflective or matte, depending on the client’s demands. The panels have an anti-soiling feature that ensures dirt and dust can’t accumulate. In other words, this means the panels are self-cleaning while ensuring efficiency.

Solar Innovation Not Limited by Size

Mitrex provides a solution to creative challenges but also to sizing limitations as well. Typical solar technology is limited to a standard panel size, hindering architects’ creative control and reducing adoption. In this case, the solar cladding product is available in various sizes and shapes, including panels with minute differences.

Because of the range of design options, ease of use, and sustainable power generation that this material offers, it makes for a favorable competitor to non-solar cladding material such as ACM and Precast Concrete. The advantages over ACM include the use of high-quality material, durability, strength and the available customizable features. In terms of Precast Concrete, Mitrex panels are lighter and easier to install in contrast, with a noticeably lower carbon footprint than traditional materials. In addition, Mitrex material is fade-resistant and seamlessly integrates into retrofit and new construction projects.

Net-Positive Buildings

To halt the building industry’s contribution to the global climate crisis, it is important to continue to enforce restorative changes. Mitrex materials have the advantage of net-positive energy production, meaning that the energy it produces offsets the minimal carbon used in its production, reversing pollutive greenhouse gases from the environment. If net-positive solar material were used on a large enough scale, we could begin to restore the environment through the reversal of carbon emissions and transforming it into sustainable energy.

Using solar façade panels as small as 2 square meters on a south facing wall would produce enough energy to offset the carbon used to make the panel in only three years. After thirty years, Mitrex solar cladding would remove approximately 730kg of carbon from the atmosphere.

Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology is a leading global sustainable solution for architects and building owners. BIPVs can help heal the global climate crisis as well as provide the building industry with accessible, sustainable construction materials.

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