Utilisation of thermal mass in non-residential buildings

This guide provides detailed information on the use of thermal mass as a sustainable method of cooling that avoids or reduces the need for air conditioning. The publication will assist designers wishing to exploit thermal mass and includes chapters on concrete floor options, integration of services, acoustic considerations and surface finish options.

  • Introduction
  • The environmental case for thermal mass
  • Fabric energy storage - operating principles and performance
  • Generic FES systems
  • Design options for concrete floors
  • Integrating the building services
  • Ventilation and night cooling
  • Acoustic considerations
  • Daylighting and shading considerations
  • Specifying and achieving good surface finishes
  • Construction
  • Project planning of high thermal mass buildings
  • Conclusions

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