BU571 Thermal mass (2014)
High-mass materials such as concrete, brick, stone and compressed earth can absorb considerable heat energy during the day and release it at night. They can decrease indoor temperature swings and reduce heating and cooling bills.
This bulletin describes the benefits of thermal mass and outlines design strategies and thermal tools for new and existing buildings.
The bulletin covers:
- benefits of thermal mass
- design strategies
- thermal tools for design analysis
- concrete flooring
- wall solution
- modelled New Zealand examples
- design strategy for existing buildings.