Fibre cement slate/PV compatible system is launched

Published:  02 March, 2011

LONDON: At Ecobuild yesterday, Marley Eternit unveiled a prototype of its latest sustainable roofing product.

The company said it is the first manufacturer in the UK market to launch a fully integrated PV system that is compatible with fibre cement slates. This enables specifiers to combine the sustainability and aesthetic benefits of fibre cement with a renewable energy system.

The new addition expands Marley Eternit's Solesia range of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing systems which includes BIPV solutions for Marley Eternit's Modern and Duo Modern range of concrete interlocking tiles and the Domino range of clay interlocking tiles.

According to technical manager, John Dodd, the company’s range of Solesia PV systems "is straightforward to install, providing the roof owner with renewable, cheap electricity. The system is eligible for the government's feed-in tariff scheme and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to one tonne a year.

"The UK has the highest proportion of solar-suitable roofs in Europe but, so far, one of the lowest take-ups. Our Solesia range gives the specifier the potential to incorporate PV in roofs seamlessly and without compromising design or performance. Although ideal for newbuild projects the system's flexibility makes it suitable for retrofit.

"Specifiers will also benefit from the contribution that renewable energy systems, such as Solesia PV, can make towards higher point scores and better code levels in the Code for Sustainable Homes while for non-domestic buildings, the system helps specifiers to achieve higher BREEAM ratings."

Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 will be mandatory for all newbuilds by 2016 and can only be achieved using on-site generation of renewable electricity for the home.

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