PV panels as a building material13. July 2012 | By: ertex solar
Safety in construction with universal building authorities approved photovoltaic panels.
Since 2004 ertex solar, from their base in Amstetten, Lower Austria, have been producing photovoltaic panels of a VSG (laminated safety glass) quality. Due to a detailed series of tests and accompanying production quality controls, numerous past projects have been realised through the so called “approval for individual cases”. These approvals were combined with respective costs for the test piece and the testing itself.
From the start of 2012 the “Ertex Solar VSG” series has been generally accepted and appears in the building code listing of the DIBt (Deutsche Institut für Bautechnik / German Institute for Constructional engineering) as an absolute planning certainty for architects and building contractors. From this essential general acceptance comes the approval of so called over head glazing that can be utilised in areas such as canopies or atriums.
The second large application can be found in fall-guarding glazing such as façades and balustrades. The approval by the DIBt brings essential advantages in respect of quality and planning certainty, as well as many other construction products, whereby mainly products certified by building authorities are used by structural engineers in safety critical applications.
On a so called GIPV Project (building integrated photovoltaics project) relatively higher quality standards and demands are set out in the areas of electrical and photovoltaic technology. Ertex solar were able, in the past year, to provide a variety of products that are certified according to the newest standards of the IEC regulations. Our customers, therefore, benefit from a multitude of material combinations that are at their disposal, with the assurance that these high quality expectations conform to the IEC code.
For further information, for example, approval numbers, calculation standards, etc please contact dieter.moor( at )ertex-solar.at