Gerd Becker (Member of the board, SeV)
Beat Kämpfen (Kämpfen für Architektur, Zurich)
Roland Krippner (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg-Simon-Ohm)
Bruno Schiebelsberger (Chairman of the board, SeV)
Dipl.-Ing. Jakob Schoof (DETAIL)
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Wagner (Technical University of Munich)
Call for Entries
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2017
The Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy (SeV Bayern) is organising a competition for excellent building-integrated solar systems
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.
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 for the 7th time the competition “Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2017”.
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 2014 to 30th June 2017.
Deadline for submitting entry requirements is July 31, 2017.
The 1st prize is 15,000 Euro, commendation awards are totalling 10,000 Euro, a students award is 2.000 Euro.
Entry requirements are to download here
Download 1: Call for entries and entry requirements for the competition 2017 [256 kB]
Results of the competition
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2014
The architectural award for building-integrated solar technology granted by Solarenergieförderverein Bayern e. V. (the Bavarian association for the promotion of solar energy, in German abbreviated as SeV) aims at promoting
excellence in planning and designing of building-integrated solar power systems. This award makes accessible the exemplary solutions in qualitatively sophisticated architecture to the greater public.
The number of participants and the quality of the projects taking part in the competition, which the SeV has now held for the sixth time since the year 2000, demonstrates the relevance of the topic that, as a result of the economic problems facing the
solar power industry, is in danger of becoming somewhat neglected in building projects.
There were 151 submissions from 21 countries, which represents an increase of more than 60 per cent compared with 2011. 137 projects that met the competition criteria were approved for assessment. A closer inspection of the submissions shows that almost
half (≈ 47 per cent) are from Germany and more than 2/3 of the buildings come from German speaking countries. Encouraging is the growing response from other European countries, particularly France and Italy, which shows that the competition is now
being widely accepted internationally.
Of the 137 approved projects, 17 entries were submitted for the „Student Work Award“, which meant that a total of 120 projects were evaluated in the Architecture Award for Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2014 competition process.
Within these projects, housing construction continues to make up the largest share with more than 35 per cent, whereby almost three-quarters are detached and semi-detached homes; however, there was also a significant increase in projects in the
non-residential construction sector relative to 2011(54 per cent). The other building types are largely distributed between industrial/commercial (15 per cent), administration (11 per cent) and municipal buildings (10 per cent), as well as
schools/kindergarten (8 per cent). The majority of submissions are new-build schemes, even if the refurbishment examples show that it is also possible to successfully integrate solar technology into existing roofs and facades.
Download 1: Results of the competition 2014 [1347 kB]
Results of the competition
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2011
The architectural award for building-integrated solar technology granted by Solarenergiefoerderverein Bayern e. V. (the Bavarian association for the promotion of solar energy, in German abbreviated as SeV) aims at promoting excellence
in planning and designing of building-integrated solar power systems. This award makes accessible the exemplary solutions in qualitatively sophisticated architecture to the greater public. This is the fifth time SeV has sponsored a competition dedicated
to integrating solar technology into architecture.
The entries submitted for the competition in 2011 show how architects have become increasingly interested in solar technology. Private homes continue to hold a dominant position as regards the building types, however, the scope of requirements regarding
building function remains varied in general. It has been pleasing to follow the positive developments in the quality of architectural and technical solutions used in building small apartments, including a number of show homes. There has also been greater
interest in integrating solar collectors into building façades. Solar technology is even being incorporated into installations in public spaces and active media façades.
The submitted projects demonstrate that solar power systems have now become components of innovative building envelops. Despite these developments made in integrating solar systems into roofs and/or façades using both architectural and
technologically advanced solutions, these solutions are often simply variations on known approaches There is greater potential for development here with innovations in cell development and a substantially expanded selection of component dimensions, frame
and cover profiles, and covers.
The entries feature ambitious end-to-end solutions using technological advances that integrate the concept of energy efficiency and ecology and even include self-sufficient systems, in addition to zero energy and plus energy concepts.
96 projects were initially registered. In the end, however, 84 were actually submitted to the jury, with entries coming from 13 different countries. In addition to the overall architectural character of the project, the jury assessed the degree to which
solar technology was deployed to inform the design. The submitted projects, which varied considerably in terms of their architectural character, were based on diverse underlying requirements regarding the building function, location aspects and
technological standards, ranging from relatively simple single family houses and industrial buildings to refurbishment measures and complex institutional buildings.
Download 1: Results of the competition [1026 kB]
Results of the previous competition in 2008
Of the 40 projects that were entered, 38 projects from 8 countries were assessed by the jury (two projects did not meet the requirements in terms of their completion dates).
In addition to the overall architectural quality, the jury assessed the degree to which solar technology was deployed to inform the design. Here they appraised not only new approaches taken in terms of the building concept (including the type of building
and use) and the solar technology (within the overall building services system), but also the extent to which the building acts as a “signal” for society as a whole. The submitted projects, which varied considerably in terms of their architectural
quality, were based on diverse underlying requirements regarding the building function, location aspects and technological standards, ranging from relatively simple single family homes to highly complex institutional buildings.
First Prize: “European Award for Building-integrated Solar Technology2008” (EUR 15,000)
Marché International Support Office (2007)
Marché Restaurants Schweiz AG, Kemptthal
Architect: Beat Kämpfen, Büro für Architektur, Zürich
Recognition award (€ 10,000)
“opusHouse – Living and working in the city”, Darmstadt
Architect: opus Architekten BDA, Darmstadt
Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building (2006) Tsinghua University, Beijing/China
Architect: Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna
Solar home built to passive home standard/“Plus-Energy” concept‘
TU Darmstadt, FB Architektur, FG Entwerfen und Energieeffizientes Bauen
Solar Building XXI (2006) Instituto Nacional de Engenheria, Tecnologia e Inovação – INETI, Lisboa/Portugal
Architect: Pedro Cabrito & Isabel Diniz
• „Zero Emission“ Production – Production and Advisory Centre (2008), Corona Solar GmbH, 66636 Tholey-Theley
Architect: Peter Heinz, Tholey
• „Plus energy home in Pfarrkirchen” (2007)
Architect: Architekturbüro Alfons Lengdobler, Pfarrkirchen
• „Energetic modernisation of a single familiy home“ (2007)
Architect: Hinrich Reyelts, Karlsruhe
• „Students Hall of Residence Marktstraße” (2006), Akademisches Förderungswerk, Bochum
Architect: Ulrich Krampe + Peter Reiter Architekten BDA, Bochum
• „ENERGYbase – Office Building of the Future” (2008)
WWFF Business and Service Center GmbH, Wien
Architect: POS architekten DI Ursula Schneider, Wien
„Plus energy home/solar powered housing estate ‘Am Schlierhaus’” (2006), Freiburg
Architect: Rolf Disch Solararchitektur, Freiburg
• „PV film Hightex Office” (2007), 83253 Rimsting
SolarNext AG, Rimsting
• “Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik” (2007), 12489 Berlin
Architect: msp Gesellschaft für Bauplanung mbH, Dresden
• „Telecom Tower“ (2008) National Telecom Corporation, Khartoum/Sudan
Ertex Solar GmbH, A-3300 Amstetten
• „SCHOTT Iberica” (2005), Sant Adria de Besos (Barcelona)
Architect: Torsten Masseck (Centre de Investigació Solar – CISOL), Sant Cugat del Vallès
Download 1: Jury report [273 kB]