Incidental Thermal Mass Effects

The principal thermal mass effect on heating and cooling systems serving spaces in heavyweight buildings is that a greater amount of thermal energy must be removed or added to bring the room to a suitable condition than for a similar lightweight building. Therefore, the system must either start conditioning the spaces earlier or operate at a greater output. During the occupied period, a heavyweight building requires a lower output because a higher proportion of heat gains or losses are absorbed by the thermal mass.

Advantage can be taken of these effects if low-cost electrical energy is available during the night so as to operate the air-conditioning system during this period to pre-cool the building. This can reduce both the peak and total energy required during the following day but might not always be energy efficient.

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