Solar Energy Integration in Buildings

Jinqing Peng, Jinyue Yan, Zhiqiang Zhai, Christos Markides, Eleanor Lee, Ursula Eicker, Xudong Zhao, Tilmann Kuhn, Manajit Sengupta, Robert Taylor

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Energy consumption in buildings has been steadily increasing and contributing up to 40% of the total energy use in developed countries [1]. In developing countries, the share of building energy consumption is smaller, but given population growth, urbanization, and rising demands for building services and comfort, the sharp rise of building energy use is probably inevitable. Thus, reducing building energy consumption plays a very important role in controlling global energy demand and mitigating climate change, so as to develop a sustainable environment. Solar energy, as the most important source of renewable energy, features the characteristics of clean, renewable, inexhaustible, and widely distributed energy, relative to other kinds of energy sources. Solar energy systems can now generate electricity at a cost equal to or lower than local grid-supplied electricity [2]. More importantly, solar energy can provide almost all forms of energy needed by buildings, through active or passive methods.
Original languageAmerican English
Article number114740
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Energy
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-77178


  • buildings
  • energy consumption
  • solar energy systems


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