Want a real-world example of the benefit of managing Thermal Energy?
Let’s compare your building to a drink cooler. Modern buildings now have lightweight construction with insulation in the walls, a nice tight shell, and a lid (roof). On a hot summer day instead of using refrigeration to keep the contents of our “cooler” cold, we instead rely on ICE – PCM.
As the ice melts at 32ºF it absorbs tremendous amounts of energy and keeps the cooler at 32ºF until fully melted. If a shock winter cold event were to take place, plummeting temperatures below that 32ºF (0ºC) level the water would then begin to re-freeze and actually “heat” the cooler. The result is a cooler that stays well within the 32ºF range without the need for any heating or cooling equipment.
Now, add doors and windows to your cooler and people constantly creating heat inside the cooler. Would you even consider removing the ice from the cooler in favor of spending money on refrigeration? Absolutely not! You’d be sure to keep that ice in the cooler and use refrigeration to supplement and manage the ice, so it is constantly freezing and melting.
Eco-Energy Tiles can really do that?
Yes! They can really do that! PCM are substances that absorb and release thermal energy (heat) during the process of melting and freezing. They are called “phase change” materials because they go from a solid to a liquid state during the thermal cycling process. When used in numerous applications, they will naturally work to increase Thermal Mass providing year-round comfort with less demand for heating and cooling energy.