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Cost-Effective Energy Efficient Building Retrofitting by Jarek Kurnitski, Nicola Bianco, Giuseppe Peter Vanoli, Bjørn Peter Jelle, Claes Goeran Granqvist, Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

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Chapter 3

Phase Change Materials for Application in Energy-Efficient Buildings

B.P. Jelle1,2 and S.E. Kalnæs1,    1Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway,    2SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract

Phase change materials (PCM) have received considerable attention over the last decade for use in latent heat thermal storage (LHTS) systems. PCMs give the ability to store passive solar and other heat gains as latent heat within a specific temperature range, leading to a reduction of energy usage, an increase in thermal comfort by smoothing out temperature fluctuations throughout the day, and a reduction and/or shift in peak loads. The interest around PCMs has been growing significantly over ...

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