Phase Change Materials for Buildling Cooling Applications: Analysis of Energy Performance for Quick Service Restaurants
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of passive phase change materials (PCMs) for controlling room temperatures in buildings and reducing the need for mechanical cooling. The PCM technology is designed to absorb heat during the daytime, and release heat overnight. This function is expected to help reduce the cooling requirements of the facility by mitigating heat gain into the conditioned spaces. This product is becoming more popular in building and refrigeration applications, and this report is necessary to help determine if the technology is resulting in a significant energy savings.