Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2020

Logo of the competition Architectural Award Building Integrated Solar Technology 2020

Aim of the Architectural Award Building Integrated Solar Technology 2020

The use of solar energy in and on buildings is a key aspect within energy efficient construction – for individual homes, industrial and administrative buildings, as well as residential schemes. Solar systems should be self-evident components in innovative building envelopes and refurbishments to improve energy efficiency.

The challenge is to find suitable ways to implement these technical innovations in design terms. Solar thermal energy and photovoltaics open up a diverse range of possible applications and offer high quality products.
By integrating solar power systems in the roof or façades of buildings in an architecturally and technically sophisticated manner, architects can increase the awareness of both builders and the public regarding the possibilities for combining buildings with solar technology, and thus help renewable energies become more widespread. To increase acceptance and to foster awareness of this topic, the Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy (SeV Bayern) is organising the competition Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2020.

The SeV hopes that the award will encourage the planning and designing of excellent building-integrated solar power systems, and thus showcase exemplary solutions in qualitatively sophisticated architecture.

Entry requirements

  • All architects, owners/operators and solar technology companies with at least one solar power system are entitled to enter – whether the solar system is for private, commercial, industrial or public purposes.
  • Only systems that form a substantial part of the building will be taken into consideration.
  • The system must produce a suitable amount of solar powered thermal and/or electrical energy, and this must be illustrated. The system must have gone into operation, i. e. supplied the first provable energy, within the period from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2020.
  • The owner/operator shall allow the publication of all submitted photos, architectural drawings and data for the system. All images must be free of copyright and be available for publication by SeV Bayern (Print, Internet, Exhibition) without payment of royalties.
  • The competition organisers shall assume ownership of the submitted work. There is no return possible. Copyright remains with the author.
  • In order to participate, we ask you to submit registration applications.

Awards and prize money

1st prize: 15,000 EUR
Commendation awards: 10,000 EUR
Student Awards: 2,000 EUR

The jury will decide on the allocation and weighting of the commendation awards.


Necessary information to participate:

  • Applicant (with full address)
  • Architect (with full address)
  • Architect’s consent to the entry requirements
  • Owner/operator (with full address)
  • Owner/operator’s consent to the entry requirements
  • If applicable, partner offices/specialist designers/staff
  • Project description
  • Location of the system (full address)
  • System components and detailed description of the solar system
  • Type of installation with technical details of the building integration
  • Total output (electrical/thermal) and yearly energy yield
  • Amount of production of the building‘s energy by the solar system and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Completion and commissioning date
  • Costs of the solar system
  • Description of the building integration

At least 5 images of the project are required in print quality (300 dpi resolution with a width of at least 20 cm): a long shot of the entire building, a long shot of the solar power system, a close-up view of the solar power system, details as well as design documents and structural drawings.

You can provide your material as loose sheets. We design the posters for the jury standardized for all participants.

On registering to take part in the competition, all entrants agree to accept the competition requirements. On entering, the participants cede to the competition organiser, free of charge, the usage and exploitation rights for publications by the SeV in connection with the 2020 competition. Entrants consent to having their data stored and documents published.

The results of the competition will be presented in the media and at conferences. Further special publications, an exhibition and coverage of the entries on the website of the SeV are also included. By participating in the competition, the applicants declare their consent to this.


Deadline for submitting entry requirements: 31st July 2020
Jury Consultation: 9th October 2020


  • Thomas Auer (Technische Universität München)
  • Gerd Becker (Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy)
  • Rolf Disch (Rolf Disch SolarArchitektur)
  • Ralph Gottschalg (Fraunhofer CSP)
  • Roland Krippner (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg)
  • Bruno Schiebelsberger (Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy)
  • Jakob Schoof (Detail)
  • Francesca Venier (Topotek 1)

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria are specified by the jury:
• Architectural aspects:
– Integral conceptual design
– Integration of the solar technology in the building envelope
– Design quality and functionality
• Innovativeness (energy and construction)
• Energy yield/energy efficiency
• Communicating the system to the general public

The SeV will carry out a preliminary screening. Works that do not correspond with the competition requirements may be excluded.
The decision of the jury is final.
Recourse to legal action is excluded.

Please submit your material via E-Mail and/or a uploading-platform (f. i. We Transfer/Dropbox) to:

SeV Bayern
Mr Fabian Flade
Friedrich-List-Str. 88
81377 Munich

Please find here the call for entries as pdf to download:

Please find here the results of the 2017 edition of our award as pdf for downloading:

About us

The Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy (in german: Solarenergieförderverein Bayern) is a non profit organisation, which promotes renewable energies. We finance our activities with the electricity revenues of our former share in the 1 MW pv plant at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. We support the further proliferation and development of solar energy-based technologies in the interest of environmental protection and a sustainable future.

In November 1997, what was at the time the world’s largest photovoltaic rooftop system was put into operation at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. With a peak output of 1,016 kilowatts, the Messe München solar roof supplies the power grid with 1 million kilowatt hours annually. At that time, a photovoltaic system with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) was still something unusual. The system thus received an appropriate amount of attention by professional circles and the public. But the main initiators of the solar roof – energy supplier Bayernwerk together with Siemens – went a step further in the development of renewable energy: They wanted the electricity revenues from the system to be used to promote such energy. Therefore, they transferred their shares in the plant to an association that was set up just for this reason: the Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy, in german: Solarenergieförderverein Bayern – SeV. The remaining shares were owned by the Munich municipal utilities company.

The initial meeting of the society took place on September 30, 1997; here, it was established that its primary purpose would be the promotion of solar and other renewable energies. Due to its share of 85.8 percent of the solar roof, the association profits for 20 years from electricity revenues – operating and other investment costs are deducted by the operating company of the plant.

With this money, the non-profit association provides a remarkable contribution to the further development and market introduction of renewable energy. More than €4 million have been spent for this purpose and more than 200 projects have been sponsored. The range of funded projects extends from brochures, studies and workshops to responding to inquiries from the press and the public, lectures and participation in trade fairs to educational activities, the support of innovative ideas and advice to consumers.

The association’s organs are the General Assembly and the Board. The Board consists of a chairman and a deputy. A treasurer takes care of financial matters.