There’s a growing appreciation across the construction industry that when it comes to a company’s carbon footprint, achieving a significant reduction really is a holistic affair. It encompasses everything from products and operations, to supply chain and logistics – each an essential piece of the environmental puzzle.

It’s into this brave new world that leading supplier of aluminium building systems, Alspec, has announced a bold step towards a more sustainable future with the launch of Alspec Solar. This exciting new venture signifies Alspec's commitment to providing architects and designers with innovative solutions that integrate solar technology seamlessly into building design.

A one-stop shop for sustainable facades

Alspec Solar goes beyond simply offering traditional solar panels. Their focus is on integrated solar building envelopes, a concept that merges photovoltaic (PV) technology with architectural elements like cladding and roofing systems. This approach offers a multitude of benefits:

  • Aesthetics and functionality combined: Alspec Solar systems are designed to complement the overall building design, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic. As such, solar panels become an integral part of the facade, not an afterthought.
  • Simplified design and construction: By working with a single supplier for both architectural components and solar integration, architects and designers can streamline the design and construction process. Alspec Solar offers expertise in both areas, ensuring a smooth integration.
  • Enhanced building performance: Integrated solar systems not only generate clean energy but can also improve a building's thermal performance. Strategically placed solar panels can help regulate interior temperatures, potentially reducing reliance on conventional heating and cooling systems.

Growing solar capabilities

Alspec Solar is finding ever-more innovative ways to utilise their cutting-edge BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) technology. The approach offers a seamless, intelligent, and cost-effective solution tailored for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. Whether it’s through their featherlight Galaxy Series panels, adaptable Polaris series, or the integrated roof tiles of the Sunshine Series, Alspec’s products and dedicated technical support team ensure a smooth and confident experience as clients embrace sustainable energy solutions.

A real-world example: Eastern Creek Precinct

Alspec is not afraid to put its money where its mouth is (so to speak), when it comes to solar. A fact they’ve proven through a large investment in the company’s Eastern Creek facility. Among other things, this precinct exemplifies the potential of Alspec Solar’s solutions through the installation of a 99.5kW solar panel system on the roof of their showroom. This system is designed to cover 80% of the facility's electricity needs, highlighting the company’s dedication to reducing its environmental footprint. This large-scale development utilises Alspec Solar's BIPV solar panels, generating renewable energy while maintaining a sleek and modern aesthetic.

Bright, sustainable future

The launch of Alspec Solar is a significant development in the Australian architecture and design landscape. By offering a comprehensive approach to solar building envelopes, Alspec Solar empowers architects and designers to create buildings that are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible.

As solar technology continues to evolve and become more affordable, we can expect integrated solar solutions to become an increasingly prominent feature in sustainable building design. Alspec Solar, with its commitment to innovation and collaboration, is well-positioned to be at the forefront of this exciting movement.