Aimed at designers, architects and structural engineers, the webinar will be hosted by BCSA Sustainability Manager John Dowling.
The topics to be covered in the webinar include: the history of thermal mass; how thermal mass works; technical issues in thermal mass; performance of different flooring systems in utilising thermal mass; limitations of thermal mass; case studies in the use of thermal mass, and the latest developments to enhance thermal mass.
Thermal mass is the ability of the fabric of a building to absorb and store heat. Effectively utilised as part of a whole building heating and ventilation strategy, it can reduce the energy required for cooling and, in some buildings, remove the requirement to provide air conditioning entirely.
In modern multi-storey, non-domestic buildings, the greatest accessible thermal mass is found in the concrete slabs that commonly form the upper floors.
The BCSA and Tata Steel say the aim of this webinar is to give designers an overview of the fundamental principles behind thermal mass and how it works.
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