Mock-ups for future PV sculptures at ÜserHuus AG … A new way of using Solar Energy for listed buildings!

16th National Photovoltaic-Congress at the Kursaal, Berne, Switzerland, 2nd day about architecturally integrated PV

Varied and interesting Exhibition and Conferences on the second day about: BIPV (Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics). 1.Dr. Niklaus Haller, Solar BS2 Ltd., Schlieren, spoke about Elegant Solar Houses, which were conceived and elaborated by a group of students at the ETH, Zurich. Dr. Haller hopes, that we arrive at a deeper interrogation, understanding  and solutions of the challenges to overcome in relation to architectural integration of BIPV. 2. Prof. Dr. Stephen Wittkopf, Vice-president Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts for Technology and Architecture  HSLU and Managing director ÜserHuus Ltd (Technology Transfer) spoke about Architectural Ennoblement of Photovoltaics in the Building Integration. Colour and surface/texture of BIPV glass for Architecturally Integrated Photovoltaics,  AIPV instead of BIPV, He explained this topic, which is extremely important for Switzerland, with a number of pilot as models of architectural use of coloured photovoltaics, projects which he planned and built together with ÜserHuus Blog., in order to bring the research results to the market. #. Dr. Reto Camponovo, professor at the Geneva University of landscaping, engineering and architecture HEPIA, spoke about  the Balance between the Protection of Heritage  and Solar Energy Potential.  Based on the study of Carouge, Geneva, chosen as a representative town in Switzerland, he explained the importance of the rise in using solar energy as thermal  and/or photovoltaics in cities and how to preserve the built heritage  and landscape of the country.  4. Mrs. Karoline Fath, project engineer at Ed. Züblin Ltd, Stuttgart, Germany, explained the importance of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the light of the double complexity by using BIPV or rather AIPV as the building skin. 5. Mr. Iwan Thür, CEO GFT Fassaden Ltd, St. Gall, explained the challenges about mounting systems with their underlying construction for AIPV in the facade, how to make them invisible to the eye, but stable and safe as building skin: A Glass Facade which Produces Energy. 

16e Congrès photovoltaïque national

BIPV roof ©Swiss Solar Prize 2017
BIPV roof ©Swiss Solar Prize 2017 (©Schweizer Solarpreis 2017/©Prix Solaire Suisse 2017)

Jacqueline Schindler, president ÜserHuus (, and Robert Cowie, director ÜserHuus, will participate at the 16th International Photovoltaic Congress by Swissolar ( in Berne where Dr. Stephen Wittkopf, adjoint director Construction at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and ÜserHuus’ will speak about:  “Optimised architecture for Building Integrated Photovoltaics

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A house in a box: Moladi model home Trinidad

Moladi roof
Housing in Trinidad

A house factory in a box – The production plant with no machines – No factory – No electricity – No waste – No skilled artisans or operators – No stock – Simply assemble boxed reusable plastic formwork components into a mould to cast reinforced monolithic reinforced homes on site. This 52 m2 unit was cast on Tuesday – Formwork removed on Wednesday. Speed reduces cost – One mould One house One day – Ten moulds Ten houses One Day. Produced by a workforce trained by moladi. “Train the unemployed to house the homeless” Forming strategic partnerships with people who share the vision to address the housing backlog and develop jobs and skills for the unemployed in their country.

Source: moladi model home Trinidad