Property developer unveils solar facade in Bern

Thanks to the country’s requirements for new buildings, Swiss property developer Fambau opted to include a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system to reduce consumption from the grid. The building is mixed purpose commercial and residential, located in the Bümpliz district a few kilometers from Bern city center.

The developer was clear that this facade would need to be a high-quality glass surface, with no visible cell structure or module attachment apparatus visible. Avancis 135 W PowerMax Skala modules are frameless, and available in different colors, which the company says is essential for architectural and planning freedom.

“We help architects, facade planners, and investors with a genuine solar building which is not just individual and aesthetic, it pays off as a real energy solution,” says Avancis Head of Business Development Jochen Weick. “The combination of design and high yield is the decisive factor of our facade module compared to other solutions on the market.”

Planning and installation of the facade was completed in three months, with the help of planning partner Swiss Facade Technology. “Thanks to the fixed back rails at the backside of the modules, the mounting is easily done,” explained Managing Director Jürg Kunz. “The installation is easy and fast to handle, and this is project critical.”