TASK 56: Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems

This Task will focus on the critical analysis, simulation, laboratory test and onsite monitoring of envelope systems entailing elements that use and/or control incident solar energy.

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy. The Programme's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from member countries and the European Union.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • accelerates the pace of technology development
  • promotes standardization
  • enhances national R&D programmes
  • permits national specialization
  • saves time and money

Collaborating Organizations

SHC 2015

What's New
  • Solar Heating & Cooling Technology News & Trends - The International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2015, in Istanbul brought together 233 researchers, industry specialists and other experts on solar heating and cooling. To capture some of the conference highlights solarthermalworld.org videotaped 14 interviews. The videos were jointly financed by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA SHC) Programme and the European Copper Association. They are available for download on the IEA SHC website, www.iea-shc.org and the Solarthermalworld.org YouTube channel. (Posted: 2016-02-04)
  • Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields - One key aspect of the energy and cost optimisation of large-scale collector fields (called arrays in this news) is collector array hydraulics. Optimal connection is achieved when (1) the costs and length of the connecting pipes is small, (2) the pressure drop over the entire array is low and (3) there is homogeneous mass flow distribution across the entire field. (Posted: 2016-01-22)
  • Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest - The best solar research results are of little use if they are not distributed and known to stakeholders from the industry, planning departments or public authorities involved in the related field work. This becomes an even more important point if the aim of the research is to “assist with the developing of a strong and sustainable market”. (Posted: 2016-01-22)
  • Press Release: Solar Cooling Research at Your Fingertips - The best solar research results are of little use if they don't reach the intended users. To make this link easier, IEA SHC's project on Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems created the diagram below to categorize the results from 3.5 years of work by 30 solar cooling experts. (Posted: 2016-01-11)
  • The Ins & Outs of Integrating Solar Heat into Industrial Processes - October 13, 2015. Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) is an important, upcoming market for solar thermal. To support the growth of this technology the IEA SHC Programme and IEA SolarPACES Programme, working with experts in this field, developed guidelines that describe in detail how to incorporate solar heat into industrial processes. (Posted: 2015-10-12)
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Publication Highlight
Solar Update - November 2105

The latest edition of the SHC newsletter Solar Update is now available.  The newsletter includes articles on a SHC 2015 Conference, Solar Heat Worldwide, Energy Reserves, Task 54: Price Reductions, Task 53: Solar Cooling 2.0, Task 46: Solar Measurements, Task 51: Solar Education, Country Highlight: Spain, SHC Report Highlights, and Current Members List.  Read More >>

SHC Solar Award
SHC Solar Award 2014

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 37:

The objective of this Task is to develop a solid knowledge base how to renovate housing to a very high energy standard while providing superior comfort and sustainability.