What are the Potential Benefits of Including Latent Storage in Common Wallboard? 929371
Previous work has shown that wallboard can be successfully manufactured to contain up to 30% phase change material (PCM), or wax, thus enabling this common building material to serve as a thermal energy storage device. This material was analyzed for passive solar applications and found to save energy with a reasonable pay-back time period. Further evaluations of the wallboard are reported in this paper. This analysis looks at potential applications of PCM wallboard as a load management device and as a comfort enhancer. Results show that the wallboard is ineffective in modifying the comfort level but can provide significant load management relief with no energy penalty. Modifications to typical heating and air-conditioner control strategies were necessary for successful load management.