Advantages Of Thermal Mass

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1. The Use of Thermal Mass to Moderate Internal Environment Thermal mass plays an important role in providing adequate comfort to occupants of the building space in commercial environments. The correct incorporation of the thermal mass will provide long term benefits and available design options should be examined and understood by the design team. Increased need to provide high levels of energy efficiency in the design of the new buildings requires the use of the high performance building materials along with structure and systems design. The designers are met with many challenges to fulfil these requirements but some building materials provide certain advantages to improve energy efficiency both in the summer and winter. Thermal mass relates to materials such as: concrete, brick or stone, which are used to absorb, store and release heat in to the interior space of the building. Thermal comfort in the building is influenced by external weather patterns and internal factors such as human activity, equipment and internal lighting. Thermal mass in an office building is referred to as Fabric Energy Storage (FES). Incorporation of passive features, natural ventilation and thermal mass in to the building design can minimise or reduce completely the need for the air conditioning. The ceilings, in open plan offices, have the largest surface areas amongst other structural elements present in the building. In order to use a ceiling as a thermal mass the area of concrete should be

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