Overcoming the ugly factor in building-integrated solar design

The New York Times
January 29, 2010
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : GREEN, SOLAR

The idea of integrating solar power with building materials has been an attractive concept for decades, but one of the biggest challenges, according to Anna Dyson, director of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, or CASE, has been aesthetics.

Most applications thus far, Dyson said, “are pretty ugly and impede your view.”

While visual elegance may not seem like a serious concern to those determined to generate electricity from the sun, for architects and developers looking to sell or rent properties, looks matter.

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