The global market for zero carbon emissions buildings is expected to skyrocket in the next decade. Mitrex building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) enables architects, builders, developers, and building owners to meet this demand for new builds and retrofits.
Unfortunately, aesthetic design, energy efficiency, and solar energy production do not always go hand in hand. An energy-efficient building facade can lower operating costs but may not fit the desired design aesthetic. In addition, many solar products come in minimal colour and size options as they are primarily designed with energy production in mind and do not serve multiple benefits to the building. Architects must often choose between an architectural vision and limited solar equipment options.
Mitrex solar cladding is energy efficient, is aesthetically pleasing and generates electricity. Our glass curtain walls and window wall systems can contain solar glass, providing additional revenue. Our multi-purpose materials are a cost-effective solution to high energy expenses. They are priced competitively with traditional options yet produce a revenue stream and reduce operating expenses for decades. Mitrex technology is suitable for virtually any application, including residential homes, high rises, stadiums, bus stops, healthcare buildings, agricultural silos, and more. Not only can these systems be incorporated into any structure, but they are also economical applications for new construction and retrofit projects.
Through Electricity Production
Mitrex has deep roots in the stone and engineered cladding industry and has worked on numerous new builds. We understand the needs of building professionals through and through. We then invested heavily in the research and development of durable multi-purpose building materials that generate renewable energy. Bringing our knowledge and expertise of energy-efficient cladding to the solar energy industry enables us to serve architects’ and builders’ needs while making projects more profitable. Utilizing multi-purpose materials is a wise approach because it produces a new revenue stream.
These systems benefit new builds greatly. Building owners always require cladding, windows, railings, and various other building materials for their projects. Mitrex transforms these required materials into multi-purpose products that generate energy, reduce carbon emissions, and provide an additional revenue stream through energy generation. Essentially, these materials will pay for themselves. With Mitrex, solar technology can now easily be incorporated into any new build project to allow building owners, architects, and residents to reap the benefits of solar.
The majority of commercial buildings in North America were constructed before the creation of contemporary energy codes. Many residential high rises, office buildings, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, hotels, healthcare centres, and municipal buildings have inefficient building envelopes that leak heat and have a low R-value. They often feature mid-century modern and post-modern construction and were built between 1950 and 1990. These projects sometimes have masonry facades with brick or concrete and lag behind new buildings in energy performance. Often, they lack the proper insulation and thermal performance, resulting in high energy bills and uneven temperatures inside.
In Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Chicago, Boston, and New York, many such older buildings exist and are excellent candidates for deep retrofits. Deep retrofit projects commonly entail replacing the roof, re-cladding or over-cladding the exterior, adding or re-configuring windows for more day-lighting, and replacing the HVAC system. When building envelopes reach their expected service life, they commonly begin requiring costly maintenance to manage water intrusion and other failures. At this point, full building re-clads or over-clads become more desirable than performing regular repairs and allow for a new design aesthetic. Many renovation projects are underway to keep buildings up with modern trends and performance levels. Upgrading the building with an innovative enclosure technology effectively solves this issue while re-branding a new appearance. This can help boost the resale value, attract new tenants, and lower operating costs.
Some cities are benchmarking energy use intensity (EUI) and comparing the annual energy consumption per square foot of different projects. The data inform building owners, facility managers, and architects on how their buildings compare to their neighbors. Adding solar generating capacities with Mitrex BIPV materials makes the building more self-sufficient. Not only are these systems energy-generating, but Mitrex integrated building materials can also achieve high R-values that result in a high-performance envelope with lower operating costs and higher occupant comfort.