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Building-Integrated Photovoltaics: Distributed Energy Development for Urban Sustainability

BUILDING-INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAICS (BIPV) is emerging as a promising alternative in the suite of measures needed for the long-term transition of urban areas to sustainable and resilient places to live. Aesthetically pleasing, carbon neutral, and potentially transformative in how electricity grids operate in urban areas, BIPV has much to offer our cities. But why now, and what are the social and technological constraints on its use?

Owen Temby is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His current research focuses on air pollution politics, sustainable energy policy, and transboundary natural resource governance.

Konstantinos Kapsis is a PhD student at Concordia University in Montreal and a researcher under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Photovoltaic Innovation Network. He is also linked to the NSERC Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Network. His research focuses on building integrated photovoltaic technologies, passive solar building design, occupancy behavior, and daylighting.

Harris Berton is a graduate student in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, where he is studying sustainable energy policy. His background is in public policy and administration, with a current research focus on solar photovoltaics and energy efficiency.

Daniel Rosenbloom is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He works on the policy dimensions of sustainable energy, focusing on the transition pathways toward low-carbon energy systems in Canada.

Geoffrey Gibson is an urban planner and consultant in Toronto. His background includes work on innovative planning and design approaches that seek to create more complete and sustainable communities.

Andreas Athienitis is a professor of Building Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Scientific Director of the NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network, and NSERC Hydro Quebec Industrial Research Chair. He is also a member of the NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Strategic Network.

James Meadowcroft is a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development, and a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. His research focuses on the way governments in developed countries are meeting challenges associated with the environment and sustainability, especially in relation to climate change and energy.

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