Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.
    • Protect the environment. Think before you print.

Fire safety issues for roof-mounted photovoltaic systems

June 5, 2017

Photovoltaic panels can deliver significant benefits in energy cost savings, but owners must take care to understand and minimize potential fire risks.

roof photo voltaic

Photovoltaic systems are becoming more common architectural features of new construction, as well as retrofit installations on the rooftops of a growing number of existing structures. While photovoltaic systems often provide significant savings in energy costs, building owners must also keep in mind that they may introduce new fire hazards. This document, prepared by Zurich Risk Engineers, offers guidance to building owners or occupiers as they approach the selection, installation and safe use of photovoltaic systems.