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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1414; doi:10.3390/su9081414

Alternative Energy Solutions Using BIPV in Apartment Buildings of Developing Countries: A Case Study of North Cyprus

Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Cyprus International University, Famagusta, Via Mersin 10, Lefkosa 99010, Turkey
Department of Business Administration Department, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Cyprus International University, Famagusta, Via Mersin 10, Lefkosa 99010, Turkey
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Via Mersin 10, Lefkosa 99010, Turkey
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Received: 13 June 2017 / Revised: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 23 July 2017 / Published: 15 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solar Photovoltaic Electricity)
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The growth in population of North Cyprus, and the increasing demand for housing, are two important factors that are rapidly shaping the development of the island. To meet this housing demand, contractors are resorting to high-rise apartment buildings as a housing solution. The study was carried out to investigate the possibilities of integrating PV systems into apartment buildings. This is a novel approach in housing within the context of North Cyprus. With the use of building information modelling (BIM) software, the possibility of this approach was tested. The study considered several cost variables and the advantages of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems integrated into apartment buildings at the design stage of the buildings. The willingness to pay (WTP) for this technology was also tested using qualitative methods and an economic analysis was carried out to ascertain the viability and feasibility of this technology. This was in line with present government policies using the net metering system. The method of analysis was carried out using a model proposed for BIPV integration in apartment buildings. The results derived from the survey data suggest that consumers prefer a price lower than €4500 for a 3 kWp integration of solar power equipment to their apartments. View Full-Text
Keywords: BIPV; BIM; apartment buildings; WTP BIPV; BIM; apartment buildings; WTP

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Elinwa, U.K.; Radmehr, M.; Ogbeba, J.E. Alternative Energy Solutions Using BIPV in Apartment Buildings of Developing Countries: A Case Study of North Cyprus. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1414.

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