New Report Forecasts Global BIPV Markets

BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021 research report addresses BIPV glass, roofing and siding and assesses the prospects for the competing underlying technologies including thin-film, OPV, DSC and c-Si. It includes forecasts broken out by product, application, technology and region expressed in MW and units.

This latest report “BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021” updates quantitative and qualitative assessments and outlooks for the global building integrated photovoltaic market. The publisher of this research has been covering the BIPV market since 2007. This 2014 version of the BIPV market report examines the latest important technological and market developments as well as the various region specific factors shaping the market. While the last few years have been far from robust for the solar market there are reasons for companies and investors to view BIPV with some optimism.

The report addresses BIPV glass, roofing and siding and assesses the prospects for the competing underlying technologies including thin-film, OPV, DSC and c-Si. The research includes forecasts broken out by product, application, technology and region expressed in MW and units. The report also provides commentaries of the various leading key suppliers and industry influencers.

BIPV Glass Markets: 2014 & Beyond industry research report includes a detailed eight-year market forecast with breakouts by type of building and PV technology and in both volume and value terms. This report also discusses how BIPV glass can better be sold to architects, who are sometimes skeptical of the BIPV glass concept, but remain the key decision makers on the demand side. In part this is about improved marketing. But as we discuss in this report, it is also a matter of playing up the aesthetic advantage of solar glass (for example with tinted and colored products) and by incorporating additional smart features such as hybrid light/photovoltaic capability.

CIGS Photovoltaics Markets: 2014 and Beyond industry research report analyzes the opportunities that are emerging for CIGS in the very new phase of the solar industry. The report takes a detailed look into the technical evolution of CIGs fabrication and encapsulation and show how this will impact CIGS market expansion and cost reduction. Much of the report is devoted to the opportunities for CIGS in building-integrated PV (BIPV market) and how CIGS flexible modules and price parity with silicon solar panels could considerably improve the revenues generated by CIGS technology in the near future.

Table of Contents for BIPV Markets Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2021 research report, available for purchase, covers:

    Executive Summary

    E.1 Changes in Market Conditions for BIPV since Our Previous Report

    E.2 Changing PV Material Mix

    E.3 Opportunity Analysis and Roadmap by Type of BIPV Product

    E.4 Opportunities for BIPV in End user Markets

    E.3 Companies to watch in the BIPV Market

    E.4 Opportunity Analysis by Country/Region

    E.5 Summary of Eight-year Forecasts for BIPV

    Chapter One: Forecasting Assumptions and Methodology

    1.1 Background to this Report

    1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report

    1.3 Methodology of this Report

    1.4 Plan of this Report

    Chapter Two: Product segments and emerging trends

    2.1 Emerging Trends in Non-Glass BIPV products

    2.1.1 Roofing Overlay

    2.1.2 Flexible Roofing

    2.1.3 Monolithically integrated Roofing

    2.1.4 Wall attached PV

    2.1.5 BIPV Sliding

    2.1.6 Curtain Walls

    2.2 Emerging Technology Trends and its Impact on BIPV glass

    2.2.1 Roadmap for the evolution of BIPV glass

    2.2.2 Limitations of crystalline silicon for use in BIPV glass and its future

    2.2.3 Current and future use of CIGS in BIPV glass

    2.2.4 Current and future use of CdTe in BIPV glass

    2.2.5 Future of OPV and DSC in BIPV glass

    2.2.5 Encapsulation issues for BIPV glass

    2.3 The aesthetics and architectural merits and de-merits of BIPV glass

    2.4 Key points made in this chapter

    Chapter Three: Key Market Segments and Regional Markets

    3.1 End-user Market Segments

    3.1.1. Zero-Energy Buildings

    3.1.2 Prestige Commercial, Government and Multi-tenant Residential Buildings

    3.1.3 Other Commercial and Government Buildings

    3.1.4 Residential Buildings

    3.1.5 Industrial Buildings

    3.2 Markets by Region and Country: A Discussion of Market Developments and Subsidies

    3.2.1 United States

    3.2.2 Europe

    3.2.3 Japan

    3.2.4 China

    3.3 Key Points Made in this Chapter

    Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts of BIPV Market

    4.1 Forecast of Non-Glass BIPV Roofing Markets (Shipment Volumes, Market Value and Materials Used)

    4.2 Forecast of Non Glass BIPV Wall Markets (Shipment Volumes, Market Value and Materials Used)

    4.3 BIPV Glass (Forecast by Type of PV Technology Used, Area , Revenues, Type of Product)

    4.4 Forecast of BIPV Revenues by Type of Building and Type of BIPV Products Used

    4.5 Forecast of BIPV by Retrofit versus New Construction: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.6 Forecasts by Region: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7 Forecast of Materials/technology

    4.7.1 Crystalline Silicon BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.2 Thin-Film Silicon BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.3 CdTe BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.4 CIGS BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.5 OPV BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.7.6 DSC BIPV: By Type of BIPV Product

    4.8 Encapsulation Materials for BIPV Panels

Explore more reports on photovoltaic market (PV) and other reports by NanoMarkets LC.

CNA Makes Donation to Chicago Chapter of Rebuilding Together

In celebration of National Roofing Week, Chicago-based insurer CNA has donated $5,000 to the Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners.

CNA’s donation was presented during NRCA‘s board of directors meeting Thursday, July 10, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The meeting was part of NRCA’s Midyear meetings, which are held concurrently with National Roofing Week.

Taking place July 6-12, National Roofing Week aims to increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors.

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to give back to their communities and charitable organizations during National Roofing Week.

“As part of our commitment to serving our communities and as a proud partner of NRCA for more than 44 years, CNA is excited to support National Roofing Week with a donation to Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated to improving the homes of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods,” says Rhonda Lohmar, CNA’s program director for NRCA.

NRCA Recognizes National Roofing Week

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place July 6-12.

The roof is one of the most important components of a structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

In honor of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host a community service day during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago, where members will volunteer their services to repair the roof of Chicago-based Lydia Home, an organization dedicated to helping troubled children and their families.

NRCA contractors participating in the Lydia Home repairs are Nations Roof, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill.; and Waukegan Roofing, Waukegan, Ill. Karnak Corp., Clark, N.J., donated materials for the project.

NRCA also will be hosting a fundraising effort on behalf of Lydia Home during National Roofing Week.

Contractor members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to give back to their communities in a similar way during National Roofing Week.

In addition, NRCA will be recognizing the winners of the “Everybody Needs a Roof” Children’s Art Contest, which was open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA members or their employees.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all 2014 National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2015 International Roofing Expo® and NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Investment in Equipment and Software Expected to Grow

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 2.6 percent in 2014, according to the Q3 update to the 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Foundation revised its 2014 equipment and software investment forecast to 2.6 percent, down from 4.2 percent growth forecast in its Q2 Update to the 2014 Annual Outlook released in April. The Q3 report expects equipment and software investment to have modest sector growth during the rest of the year after a weak start. The Foundation report, which is focused on the $827 billion equipment leasing and finance industry, forecasts 2014 equipment investment and capital spending in the United States and evaluates the effects of various related and external factors in play currently and into the foreseeable future.

William G. Sutton, CAE, President of the Foundation and President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, said, “The Foundation’s Outlook report reflects a slowing in GDP and equipment investment growth due to a weak first quarter this year that resulted in part from the extremely cold winter. The rebound in Q2 is slower than anticipated, as recent data from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index and the Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index reflect. We do, however, anticipate that equipment investment will rise in the second half of the year as economic conditions improve and business confidence continues to recover.”

Highlights from the study include:

· The U.S. economy is expected to grow 1.5 percent in 2014, revised from 2.8 percent.
· The downsides of the harsh winter, which included a 2.9 percent contraction in real GDP in the first quarter, should prove temporary, as the housing recovery, energy renaissance and accommodative credit markets support second-half growth.
· Equipment and software investment declined at an annualized rate of 1.8 percent in Q1 2014, following the 8.9 percent surge in Q4 2013.
· Credit supply continues to improve, and credit demand has held steady for all business sizes.
· Equipment and software investment is expected to steadily grow over the next 6 months across most verticals, according to the Foundation-Keybridge U.S. Equipment & Software Investment Momentum Monitor. The Momentum Monitor, which tracks 12 equipment and software investment verticals, forecasts the following equipment investment activity:
o Agriculture machinery investment will likely see slow growth, and potentially a contraction, through the rest of 2014, as both farm yields and commodity prices remain subdued.
o Construction machinery investment will continue to experience strong growth, and the year-over-year growth figures will begin to trend positive as multiple quarters of expansion take hold amidst the housing recovery.
o Materials handling equipment investment will experience stronger growth over the next 3 to 6 months.
o All other industrial equipment investment will likely see moderate growth over the next 3 to 6 months as the “re-shoring” of manufacturing continues to be a dominant economic story in 2014.
o Medical equipment investment will grow, but begin to level off near the end of the year.
o Mining and oilfield machinery will experience improving growth through the middle of the year but will begin to level off at the end of the year.
o Aircraft investment will likely experience about long-term average growth for the year.
o Ships and boats investment will likely rebound to an above-average pace through the end of this year.
o Railroad equipment investment will improve from its recent contraction toward modest growth.
o Investment in trucks will exhibit high-single digit growth over the next 3 to 6 months as economic activity improves and competitive diesel prices keep trucking transport competitive.
o Computers investment will remain muted in the short-term after strong replacement demand over the past few quarters.
o Software investment will be moderate in the next 3 to 6 months as companies continue to make investments in software and cloud technologies.

NRCA Applauds Supreme Court Ruling NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments Were Unconstitutional

NRCA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unconstitutional. The decision comes in response to litigation supported by NRCA and other employer groups that challenged the constitutionality of the appointments in court. In the case of NLRB v. Noel Canning, the court ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the Constitution’s Recess Appointment Clause when he made the recess appointments to the NLRB.

On Jan. 4, 2012, President Obama appointed three new members to the NLRB as recess appointments, bypassing the normal Senate confirmation process for president nominees to executive branch positions. The Constitution allows the president to make such appointments without a Senate vote of approval when Congress is in recess. However, Congress was in pro-forma session at the time of the appointments. In making the appointments, President Obama argued they were valid because Congress does little work during pro-forma sessions. However, the Supreme Court disagreed, ruling (9-0 on the judgment, 5-4 on the reasoning) that Constitution empowers the president to fill executive branch vacancies only during recesses of sufficient length, and affirmed that pro-forma sessions are valid sessions of Congress.

NRCA supported the litigation challenging the recess appointments because of concerns over the NLRB’s activist regulatory agenda that could adversely effects employers and workers. It is imperative NLRB appointments and appointments to other government agencies be subject to the normal Senate confirmation process whenever possible. NRCA represents union and open-shop contractors and supports policies that maintain an equitable balance in labor-management relations.

It is unclear what immediate impact this ruling will have on the NLRB’s operations and regulatory agenda. However, it likely calls into question the validity of past NLRB decisions that involved board members appointed via recess appointments, and such rulings could be overturned as a result. Additionally, the decision may significantly constrain the agency’s agenda moving forward given the legal confusion it will create concerning past recess appointments and related rulings.

NRCA is pleased with this major legal victory and will continue working to represent roofing industry employers from intrusive government regulation in the legislative, regulatory and legal arenas.

NRCA Launches Web Resource for Homeowners, Business Owners, Building Managers and Consumers

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has launched www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, a website that is a comprehensive resource for homeowners, business owners, building managers and consumers.

With a roof system being one of the most crucial components of every structure purchasing a new roof system or repairing an existing one is one of the most important investments a consumer can make.

www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, which launched June 23, provides the public with helpful information regarding roofing, common roof system maintenance, what to do following major weather events and natural disasters, and assistance finding an NRCA roofing professional to ensure the proper repair or replacement of a roof system.

“Buying a roof is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make, and consumers have a lot of choices,” says NRCA Executive Vice President William Good. “NRCA wants to ensure homeowners are able to make the best, most informed decision possible and believe this new website will be an important and useful tool for finding the best roofing contractors and roof systems.”

Spanish Versions of NRCA Safety Compliance Programs Now Available

With workplace accidents always a concern for roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released Spanish versions of three of its safety compliance programs: Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job, NRCA’s Material Handling Series: Overhead and Understood and NRCA’s Hazard Communications Program: Know the Signs.

Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job is a comprehensive tool for training new and seasoned roofing workers about all aspects of fall protection for roofing work.

The Spanish version provides everything contractors need to provide to their Spanish-speaking roofing workers so contractors comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) fall-protection requirements for roofing work. The program includes an interactive DVD program explaining all fall-protection rules pertaining to each of the 50 states with about one hour of content per state and printable PDFs of an instructors guide to assist trainers in conducting and delivering informational classroom sessions; a student workbook; and a student handout that summarizes key fall-protection rules and components.

The Spanish version of NRCA’s Material Handling Series: Overhead and Understood gives roofing contractors the tools to train workers so they are in compliance with OSHA’s requirements for crane and hoist operations, signal person qualifications, qualified riggers, forklift operations and working with rooftop powered equipment.

Each module includes a DVD, helmet decals and printable PDFs of an instructors guide, learners manual test and answer key, tailored assessment and training tools, customizable wallet card and certificate of completion.

NRCA’s Hazard Communication Program: Know the Signs helps roofing contractors provide their workers with training required by OSHA for its new Hazard Communications Program, including a DVD, instructors guide and student manual, PowerPoint® presentation for use in facilitating training sessions, written examinations to assess worker comprehension, sample hazard communication program, a chemical inventory list template and safety data sheet request letter for use in developing a company program.

NRCA Offers New and Updated Technical Publications

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has added several new and updated publications to its library of technical offerings, including a publication that provides guidelines for complying with building codes.

Guidelines for Complying with Building Codes Using ANSI/SPRI ES-1 is NRCA’s newest publication, addressing building code compliance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1, “Wind Design Standard for Edge Systems Used with Low Slope Roof Systems.” The document provides guidelines and technical information about the design, materials, fabrication and installation of edge-metal flashings for compliance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1 and applicable requirements of the International Building Code.

Also recently released is NRCA Guidelines for Architectural Metal Flashings, which includes comprehensive information about metal used in low- and steep-slope roof systems. It also gives design considerations such as joinery, protective coatings and galvanic action.

In addition, the updated version of NRCA Guidelines for Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems 2014 is a more comprehensive look at NRCA’s best practice guidelines and technical information regarding the materials, design and installation of asphalt shingle roof systems.

For more information about NRCA’s newest publications and other technical offerings, visit NRCA’s website.

North American Cities Are Implementing Urban Heat Reduction Strategies, Including Cool Roofing

A survey of North American cities by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) finds that confronting the challenges of extreme weather, adapting to a changing climate, and improving the health and resiliency of urban populations are driving cities to develop and implement strategies to reduce excess urban heat.

Nearly two-thirds of the cities surveyed cited local extreme weather events as a key reason for initiating urban heat island mitigation strategies. “U.S. cities are waking up to the growing threat of urban heat and employing a number of innovative approaches suited to their location and priorities,” said ACEEE researcher and report author Virginia Hewitt. “Our report will help local planners adapt these practices to even more communities across the country.”

ACEEE and GCCA surveyed 26 cities in the U.S. and Canada representing all of the major climate zones, geographies, and city sizes. Despite the diversity of the respondents, several common themes emerged. Local governments are “leading by example” by requiring use of “cool” technologies, such as reflective roofs on municipal buildings, lining city streets with shade trees, and raising public awareness. Additionally, more than half of the cities have some kind of requirement in place for reflective and vegetated roofing for private sector buildings. Almost every city had policies to increase tree canopy and manage storm water.

“Our report finds that by addressing their urban heat islands, cities are more effectively delivering core public health and safety services, making them attractive places to live, work, and play,” said Kurt Shickman, executive director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance.

The report includes case studies on how several cities have responded to urban heat, demonstrating the variety of strategies employed. In response to a study that found that Houston’s roofs and pavements can reach 160 F, the city now requires most flat roofs in the city to be reflective. After an extreme heat wave in 2008, Cincinnati lost much of its urban canopy, and instituted an aggressive forestry plan. Washington D.C., has instituted a wide suite of programs such as Green Alleys, which helps residents manage excess stormwater by replacing pavement with grass and trees, and requiring reflective roofs on all new buildings.

The survey also found that most city governments are not acting alone to reduce excess heat. States, neighboring jurisdictions, utilities, developers, contractors, and local building owners are collaborating to create incentives for communities to reduce urban heat and mainstream these practices.

“We recognized a number of years ago that keeping New York cooler was an important part of protecting public health and becoming more resilient. We started with cool-roof volunteer programs that raised awareness and understanding, while coating 5 million square feet of rooftops. These voluntary efforts led to the cool roof ordinance requiring investments in reflective roofs on certain buildings,” said Wendy Dessy of NYC Service.

Cities surveyed in the report include: Albuquerque, N.M.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Chula Vista, Calif.; Cincinnati; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans; New York; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Toronto; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Washington, D.C.

View Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat Islands in North American Cities.

NRCA Updates Its Online Bookstore

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has updated its online NRCA Bookstore, designed to provide roofing professionals with quicker, easier access to all the association’s educational resources.

Launched in May, the NRCA Bookstore now has several new features including a Live Chat that will allow customers to obtain instant access with NRCA’s customer service team to get instant answer to questions about a product.

In addition, the bookstore offers:

  • Convenient search and sort functions
    New and useful product categories
    New releases and feature products
    A more user-friendly, intuitive design

For more information, visit the NRCA Bookstore.