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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2365-2381; doi:10.3390/su2082365

Preliminary Study of Passive Cooling Strategy Using a Combination of PCM and Copper Foam to Increase Thermal Heat Storage in Building Facade

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Laboratory of Building Environmental Engineering, Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 1201, 6-6-11 Aoba, Aramaki-Aza, Aobaku, 980-8579, Sendai, Japan
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Department of Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
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Received: 27 June 2010 / Accepted: 23 July 2010 / Published: 27 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Energy and Sustainability)
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The innovation of phase change material (PCM) for thermal heat storage is one sustainable passive strategy that can be integrated into building designs. This research was conducted to study and evaluate the performance of the existing materials integrated with PCM and to propose a design strategy that would improve the system. This research suggested copper foam as a medium to be integrated with microencapsulated PCM. Applications of these combined materials will benefit the industry by improving indoor environments and by delivering sufficient thermal comfort for residents as in the case study of the existing 1.6 million terrace houses in Malaysia. View Full-Text
Keywords: phase change material; latent heat storage; thermal comfort; sustainable design technology phase change material; latent heat storage; thermal comfort; sustainable design technology
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Isa, M.H.M.; Zhao, X.; Yoshino, H. Preliminary Study of Passive Cooling Strategy Using a Combination of PCM and Copper Foam to Increase Thermal Heat Storage in Building Facade. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2365-2381.

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