Thermal Mass

So far we have discussed one of the active climate control systems, Geothermal, utilized in the Ellis Residence. As construction moves right along, we would like to introduce you to the installation of the first passive system, Thermal Mass. A two story concrete masonry wall along with concrete floors act as a heat sink for the warm rays of the sun. The thermal mass stores the heat and then slowly releases the heat at night, effectively using daytime heat to warm the cool night time air.  The effect is a stabilization of temperatures so heat swings are minimized and interior comfort is improved.

View From Dining Room w/ Thermal Mass In The Background

View From Dining Room w/ Thermal Mass In The Background

Concrete Masonry Under Construction

Concrete Masonry Under Construction

CMU Working Its Way Up

CMU Working Its Way Up

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3 Responses to “Thermal Mass”
  1. The design is marvelous great job.

  2. mike says:

    ben,

    a house i worked on in germany that used thermal mass fairly effectively – the superstructure is concrete (slabs/cols) and the facade is polycarb over brettstapelwand (basically 2x6s nailed togethor like structural decking)

    the wood to kick heat out faster, and concrete to soak it up and release slower. no insulation except at the slab (bauen ohne daemmung)

    have you guys seen this here in the nw?

  3. mike says:

    er, matt. late night competitions and all day meetings don’t work.

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