This paper investigates the potential of using form-stable phase change material (FS-PCM) integrated cement mortars in building envelopes to prevent overheating and to improve summer thermal comfort. The FS-PCM integrated cement mortar was applied as the interior surface plastering mortar of a full-scale test hut and compared with identical test huts built on cement plasterboard (OCB) and gypsum plasterboard (GPB). The test huts were exposed to outdoor climatic conditions, and indoor thermal behaviours were continuously monitored throughout the summer period. The effects of PCM in reducing the overheating was analysed by the intensity of thermal discomfort (ITDover
) and frequency of thermal discomfort (FTDover
) for overheating during the summer days. The comparison between different test huts showed that the application of PCM integrated cement mortars reduced the peak indoor temperature by up to 2.4 °C, compared to GPB and OCB test rooms. More importantly, the analysis of overheating effects revealed that at lower intensive thermal discomfort levels, FS-PCM largely reduces FTDover
. As the intensity of thermal discomfort increases, the reduction in ITDover
becomes dominant. At highly intensive thermal discomfort levels, the reduction was neither apparent in the intensity of thermal discomfort nor the period of discomfort.
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