Understanding How Photovoltaic Systems Affect Low-Slope Roofing Projects
In recent years, there has been growing emphasis to include photovoltaic (PV) arrays on new and existing building roofs. While this creates increased renewable energy opportunities for project stakeholders, it can result in roofing-related challenges for the design, construction, and building maintenance teams tasked with implementing and servicing these systems. These challenges can include adapting to evolving building code and insurance requirements and coordinating the PV system with other roof design needs related to winds, drainage, structural loads, or fire resistance. A coordinated and successfully executed roof design and installation plan is critical to ensure the lasting performance of both the PV array and roofing systems, since addressing future leaks or other roof failures can require taking the PV arrays offline or removing them entirely.
In this webinar, we will share best practices and lessons learned through the lens of a building enclosure consultant using recent successful rooftop PV project examples. We will also highlight relevant building code requirements, review advantages and disadvantages of common PV array attachment methodologies and their relationship to the roofing system, and provide general recommendations for coordinating design responsibilities among project team members.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify how PV arrays can be effectively integrated with low-slope roofing systems.
- Discuss relevant building code requirements for PV array systems.
- Review advantages and disadvantages of different PV array attachment methodologies and their relationship to roofing.
- Provide general recommendations for coordinating design responsibilities among project team members.
Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.