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Title: Effectiveness of using phase change materials on reducing summer overheating issues in UK residential buildings with identification of influential factors
Authors: Auzeby, Marine
Wei, Shen
Underwood, Chris
Tindall, Jess
Chen, Chao
Ling, Haoshu
Buswell, Richard A.
Keywords: Phase change material (PCM)
Thermal storage
Overheating
Residential building
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by MDPI.
Citation: AUZEBY, M. ...et al., 2016. Effectiveness of using phase change materials on reducing summer overheating issues in UK residential buildings with identification of influential factors. Energies, 9(8), 605.
Abstract: The UK is currently suffering great overheating issues in summer, especially in residential buildings where no air-conditioning has been installed. This overheating will seriously affect people’s comfort and even health, especially for elderly people. Phase change materials (PCMs) have been considered as a useful passive method, which absorb excessive heat when the room is hot and release the stored heat when the room is cool. This research has adopted a simulation method in Design Builder to evaluate the effectiveness of using PCMs to reduce the overheating issues in UK residential applications and has analyzed potential factors that will influence the effectiveness of overheating. The factors include environment-related (location of the building, global warming/climate change) and construction-related (location of the PCM, insulation, heavyweight/lightweight construction). This research provides useful evidence about using PCMs in UK residential applications and the results are helpful for architects and engineers to decide when and where to use PCMs in buildings to maintain a low carbon lifestyle.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.3390/en9080605
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22309
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en9080605
ISSN: 1996-1073
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