This document applies to photovoltaic modules that contain at least one glass pane and which are used as construction products. It focuses on the properties of these photovoltaic modules relevant to essential building requirements as specified in the European Construction Product Regulation CPR 305/2011, and the applicable electro-technical requirements as stated in the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU / or CENELEC standards. The CE mark of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules will thus state properties based on both documents as they are both equally applicable.
This document references international standards, technical reports and guidelines. For some mounting categories, in addition, national standards (or regulations) for building products may apply in individual countries, which are not explicitly referenced here and for which harmonized European Standards are not yet available.
The document is addressed to manufacturers, planners, system designers, installers, testing institutes and building authorities.
This document does not address concentrating or building-attached photovoltaic modules (BAPV).
This document addresses requirements on the PV modules in the specific ways they are intended to be mounted. Separable mounting structures are within the scope of EN 50583 2.
NOTE For the definition of building-attached photovoltaic modules (BAPV) refer to Clause 3.