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Short description

Thermal inertia of the building fabric can control internal temperature variations within buildings, depending on the occupancy pattern, and can lead to savings in primary energy consumption. This project will investigate the ways in which the thermal inertia of steel structures can be increased by various additional measures, including embedded water pipes and use of phase change materials. The sectors of interest are commercial (office) buildings in which cooling to counteract heat gains represents a high proportion of energy use, and residential buildings, where control of over-heating in highly insulated but lightweight building fabric is important. The ways in which thermal inertia can be included in whole building energy models of thermal mass will be investigated. Structural and heat flow tests will be carried out to evaluate the effects of embedded pipes on the performance of composite floors.

Research program

RFCS - Research Fund for Coal and Steel