Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems: A Balancing Act

Join Simpson Gumpertz & Heger for a presentation on the complex balancing act that adding a rooftop photovoltaic system can create for building owners and architects.

10 January 2013 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(Lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
1828 L Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC  20036

As a viable source of renewable energy, rooftop photovoltaic systems are popular with owners looking to reduce their electricity costs while providing “green” solutions they can market to customers and clients. Despite the appeal, not all buildings can withstand the addition of rooftop photovoltaic systems, and as owners seek to install these systems, they often find they need to implement additional building envelope, structural, or other code upgrades.

In this presentation, SGH staff will present information about these systems and issues that can arise. We will review the characteristics that make a building suitable for rooftop panels. We will also discuss other upgrades that adding a rooftop system may necessitate, including improvements in thermal efficiency, energy efficiency, fire safety, and structural capacity.

We will present various photovoltaic technologies and discuss options for mounting photovoltaic systems on roofs. We will also address design considerations for photovoltaic panel installations, including potential structural impacts and upgrades that may be required when installing such systems.

Participants will earn 1 AIA Continuing Education Hour (HSW) for their attendance.

The event and refreshments are free and open to all, so feel free to invite colleagues. For more information or to RSVP for this seminar, please email Melissa Purpura at Please RSVP by 7 January 2013.