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Tools and Materials for Zero Net Energy California Buildings

This project researched new phase change materials (PCM) to store thermal energy for wall assemblies, and develop associated software tools. Heat is absorbed or released when the materials change from solid to liquid or vice versa. PCMs absorb thermal energy and they can reduce the need for heating and cooling in some buildings. Their impact is similar to that of adding thermal mass to the building. Unlike air conditioning systems, they require no maintenance. The use of PCMs and associated software tools can contribute to zero net energy commercial buildings by reducing the energy needs of a building through passive design.

Program Information
Funding Organization: 
California Energy Commission
Program Area: 
PIER NG
Sub-Program: 
Applied Research and Development
Project Manager: 
Leah Mohney
Scope
Funded Performer: 
The Regents of the University of California
Agreement Total: 
$1,335,074
Match Total: 
$0
Project Start Date: 
June 29, 2013
Project End Date: 
March 30, 2017
Project Details
Ongoing Initiative or Research Project: 
Research Project
Grid, Whole Building, or Technology: 
Whole Building
Technology Type: 
Enclosure
Sub-Technology Type: 
Enclosure - Wall Insulation
Building Type: 
Single Family, Multifamily, Commercial
New or Existing: 
New, Existing
DR Focus?: 
No
Code/Standard Focus?: 
No
Locale
City: 
Los Angeles
State: 
California