Phase change materials / Guides

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...phase change occurs, when it evaporates. Each phase change absorbs energy from the surroundings, meaning, it makes the air cooler in the process. The principle behind phase change building materials is to take advantage of that process. So, if you have something in your home that changes phase at room temperature, yo...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...phase change thermal batteries? Taking advantage of a 'phase change' raises the bar a bit - stick with me, it will be fun, I promise :) A significant input of energy is required to cause a material to change from a solid to liquid. That energy is later released when that material solidifies again. While those trans...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...Phase change building materials A ‘phase change’ refers to the action of a material changing from liquid to solid to gas, or in the reverse order. Even greater heat storage capacity can come from employing Phase Change Materials (PCMs) . A significant amount of energy is absorbed or released when a material changes...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...materials in each of the following phases: Design Phase, including the consideration of appropriate durability in product specification Construction Phase, including product optimization and collection of wasted materials Operation Phase, including a collection plan for consumables and durables End of Life Ph...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...materials and processes as part of a holistic approach to Zero-Carbon building – but until recently the problem was how to calculate and compare the embodied carbon in building materials. How to calculate & compare the embodied carbon in building materials? The introduction of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...changes themselves. Using reclaimed and local materials: By re-using existing building materials and buying locally, you just became part of the green building trend. As we have said, green building starts at the design phase, so you can incorporate these materials into your future build. Knowing what materials y...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...materials in the first place. The EC3 tool from Skanska is a free-to-use tool that has a data base of materials that allows architects and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as possible. Until now this ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...phase change as Aerobarrier goes from a liquid to being sprayed out as a fog within the home, then another as it solidifies. But that only happens when there is an acceleration, as the air pressure in the home carries it towards and through a hole. What Aerobarrier doesn’t do, is stick to any vertical surface. You wo...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...phase at the beginning rather than waiting until it is done. Also, unlike a designer, a contractor mandated to ensure compliance with your budget bears a real responsibility when he delivers estimates, because he will be required to build to completion based on those prices. This is not the case with a designer, wh...