Improving the market up-take of energy producing solar shading: A communication model to discuss preferences for architectural integration across different professions
Paper in proceeding, 2017

Electricity producing solar shading provides possibilities for a combined solution for solar shading and building integrated locally produced energy from renewable sources. The multi-functionality of these products calls for collaboration between a range of actors from manufacturers, clients, architects, engineers, and contractors. Two major challenges for the increased up-take of the technology has been identified and is dealt with in a transdisciplinary research project, called ELSA, involving industry and academic institutions. First, the successful architectural integration of solar shading in terms of form, size, colour, detailing etc. in relation to the overall building design will be decisive in order to persuade architects. Second, the development of these multi-functional products to reach functional, technical, economic and aesthetical qualities is dependent upon communication between different professions. As a means to initiate a dialogue between the different professional groups taking part in the ELSA project, a model, the AIQ-model (Architectural Integration Qualities), to assess preferences for architectural integration of energy producing solar shading was developed and tested in a workshop. The results indicate a large consensus across different professional groups when assessing successful architectural integrations. Consequently, discrepancies in aesthetic appraisal of energy producing solar shading should not be the main hindrance for a broader implementation of such solutions. The challenge rather lies in that architectural integration qualities will concur with other important aspects of the multi-functional solution, and not all professional groups will put architectural integration qualities above other functions. The workshop shows that the AIQ model serves its function to initiate and to focus discussions. The value of group discussions to reach consensus was also observed. The AIQ model provide definitions to clarify the judgment base behind aesthetic assessments that was appreciated but all groups but most easily applied by the architects. The model should be further developed to include also other aspects than aesthetics.


Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture, Building Design

Liane Thuvander

Chalmers, Architecture, Architectural theory and methods

Anna Gustafsson

Chalmers, Architecture, Building Design


Chalmers, Architecture, Building Design

Peter Kovacs

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Proceedings of th9th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, 13-14 June, 2017 at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, SWEDEN


Solar shading in a holistic perspective: energy efficency to energy production and from product to architecture [ELSA]

Swedish Energy Agency (Diarienummer2015-002774), 2015-07-01 -- 2017-12-31.

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Architectural Engineering

Environmental Engineering


Energy Systems

Environmental Biotechnology

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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Building Futures (2010-2018)


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