Mechanical systems/ HVAC & sanitary hot water/ Radiant walls, ceilings & glass
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The incorporation of phase change materials in the core of interior surface cladding improves the thermal mass of buildings with lightweight construction typologies or low thermal mass. These "active" materials are capable of storing or releasing heat energy and help passive energy solutions, like natural ventilation and solar heating, to obtain maximum efficiency and generate savings over the building's entire life cycle.
In a temperature range defined between 19 and 23ºC the microencapsulated paraffin inserted into the core of the cladding panel ThermaCool® is in a liquid state and has the capacity to absorb and store the heat within the interior of the building. When the temperature drops below 19ºC, the paraffin solidifies and the heat produced is slowly released back to the interior space. The installation of ThermaCool® improves energy efficiency and the comfort level of the interior space, reducing energy demand and therefore the production of CO2.
ThermaCool® ceiling and wall panels contain a microencapsulated phase change material that is capable of absorbing, storing and releasing the heat generated in the interior of a building.
ThermaCool® ceiling panels come in a standard 60 x 60 cm module and are available in three finishes: textured, acoustic and metallic.
The David Attenborough building at Cambridge University, built at the end of the 1960's by Arup Associates, has been reconditioned by Nicholas Hare Architects to improve its energy efficiency using ThermaCool® panels.
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