There has never been a better time for architects, designers, project managers and property owners to get creative about how to integrate solar into multi-family and commercial buildings with large energy requirements. Raising the solar PV panels above the roof allows for more kilowatts while creating intriguing canopied spaces (i.e., recreational areas, roof gardens and green roofs) with both indoor and outdoor benefits. These community solar projects are not only practical: they also make a grand statement about the values and vision shared by everyone involved in the project from concept to reality and everyday use. Case studies include multi-family housing projects in Philadelphia and New York City, as well as large residential canopies on Long Island and Connecticut.
BENYC-1801: AIA 1.5 LU/HSW; GBCI 1.5 BD+C hours