"Phase change materials (PCM), or latent heat storage materials, are generally materials with large specific latent heat capacity. Phase change materials used in buildings will typically melt and solidify within a range of 18-30ºC and are normally contained in the building fabric."
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"This principle can be utilized with heat storage if the melting point of the phase-change material is about room temperature."
This report focuses on building envelopes that have been enhanced with phase change materials, which can simultaneously reduce total cooling loads and shift peak-hour loads.
This paper assesses the opportunities of utilizing Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in building enclosure systems to improve energy performance and thermal comfort in buildings.
The application of PCMs in buildings has significant potential to reduce energy consumption. However, because each PCM has its own phase change temperature, which is the temperature at which latent heat is absorbed or released, it is important to use an appropriate PCM for the purpose of building envelope design.