Photovoltaic Technology in Architectural Design

It’s cool to be clean! Architects are utilizing the aesthetic potential of emerging solar cell technology in creative and innovative ways.


Today's eco-minded consumers and builders are seeking the next big thing in clean energy construction. This illuminating session will show how architects are using photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity from simple sunlight. Our experts will cover  how solar cells work and how they are made, the variety of colors, visual textures, and varying degrees of transparency of PV cells, how climatic and environmental factors can impact system performance, and the creative and innovative ways in which architects are utilizing solar cells in architectural design.

Capitalize on this emerging technology to gain a competitive advantage in the crowded "eco market."

Learning objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how electricity is generated from the photovoltaic process.
  • Explain the characteristics of various types of common solar modules used in architectural applications.
  • Identify environmental factors that affect photovoltaic installations.
  • Identify the emerging trends in photovoltaic technology and their impacts on architectural design
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$40 non-member
$25 member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • Ronald Fergle, AIA

    Ronald Fergle


    President, Solart Inc.

    Ronald Fergle, AIA, MIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect that has been involved in sustainable design...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz