Task 56
Task 56
SHC Task 56

Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems

Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting


This Task will focus on the critical analysis, simulation, laboratory test and onsite monitoring of envelope systems entailing elements that use and/or control incident solar energy, having one or more of the following uses:

  • To deliver renewable thermal or/and electric energy to the systems providing heating, cooling and ventilation to buildings
  • To reduce heating and cooling demands of buildings, while controlling daylight
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Below: During the last Task 56 Experts meeting in March 2019 in Copenhagen; left: Task 56 Industry workshop at SBI and excursion to "The Internationale School in Nordhavnen" [more].


Picture source: M.Meir; C.F. Møller (DK).

Task Information

February 2016January 2020

Dr. Roberto Fedrizzi
+39 0471 055 610

What's New
  • Solar Award Nominations are Open - The Solar Heating and Cooling Award of the IEA SHC Programme celebrates the success of those working to increase the market impact of this renewable energy source. (Posted: 2019-02-15)
  • Building-Integrated Solar Envelopes:Barriers to Deployment - Active and passive solar systems integrated into building envelopes are key to combatting climate change. However, there are many barriers which confine current solutions to the demonstration stage and prevent them from going mainstream. (Posted: 2018-05-02)
  • IEA SHC Task 56: Cooperation on Energy Balance and Building Design Tools - Facades of residential and tertiary buildings offer enough space for daylight control and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. Active envelope solutions include facade-integrated solar thermal collectors, PV panels, daylight control systems or panels containing ventilation units with heat recovery and/or a heat pump with all necessary connectors. (Posted: 2017-10-08)