30 May Tractile featured in Building Connection Magazine’s expose on solar roof tiles
Solar roof tiles are set to revolutionise roofing systems, as the benefits of integrated multifunctionality outweigh the clumsiness of ‘bolt on’ solar panels. John Power reports.
A Brutal Truth
In order to understand the new category of solar roof tiles, we must first admit a brutal truth: in our haste to embrace the virtues of solar power, the building industry has been slow to criticise the clumsiness of solar panels.
Conventional rooftop solar panels are a classic example of ‘bolt-on’ mass-market technology, having been commercialised as accessories for homes of all ages and styles.
To their credit, when considered as add-on devices affixed to existing homes, solar panels have been intrinsic to a worldwide cultural shift towards sustainable energy.
But does it make sense to use the same ‘bolt-on’ technology on new dwellings?
A few lateral thinkers say ‘Absolutely not! Solar roof tiles present a new world of opportunities.’