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BIPV to install solar energy solution at SMU in Halifax, NS

Mitrex stated that this new development at SMU will enhance the university's resilience to changes caused by technical or economic conditions. 

April 20, 2022   by CM Staff

TORONTO — Mitrex, Toronto-based manufacturer of building-integrated photovoltaics or BIPV has announced a new project at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.

The company will integrate its solar facade solution into the university’s student residence area. The announcement from Mitrex reads that this is the “largest BIPV micro-grid application in North America.”

Mitrex stated that this new development at SMU will enhance the university’s resilience to changes caused by technical or economic conditions.

The project between Mitrex and SMU will allow the university’s infrastructure to help reduce its carbon emissions using solar energy generation. DSRA Architects, Dillon Consulting and BMR Structural Engineering will handle the project, and the EllisDon Coportation will look after the construction alongside Markland Construction.

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Mitrex said it expects the project will be completed by the beginning of 2023. Retrofitting the south facade will require over 6,000 SF solar cladding, incorporating vertical, semi-opaque solar glass into the windows.

“Projects like the SMU retrofit with other like-minded establishments can effectively showcase the vast opportunities offered by new technologies in the building and construction sector,” said Mitrex CEO Danial Hadizadeh in a statement.

“The building community needs to think of micro-grids as a must and not an option and rethink their contributions to carbon emissions on every level from carbon used to make the products to powering the structure post-construction. Integrated solar energy is the future—it has already started to replace outdated solutions that only add to global warming.”


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