An increasing number of buildings are now being constructed using membranes for their exterior coverings. The Olympic Stadium in Munich, and Denver’s new airport, are two major examples of these tent-like structures.
Our newly-developed membrane material with PCM treatment offers a unique set of improved thermal performance capabilities previously unattainable in an architectural membrane fabric. These capabilities will allow for a substantial improvement of the thermal management of buildings with membrane enclosures. The enhanced thermal management will reduce the buildings’ air-conditioning and heating demands and, therefore, make the buildings more energy-efficient. These daily thermal benefits provided by the PCM application in membrane structures last for decades. The reduced temperature fluctuations of this membrane material will also delay the aging process of the material, leading to a much longer service life. Another unique feature of the new membrane material is the modification in its translucency as a result of temperature changes. During the day, when the material heats up, it becomes more transparent. This reduces the need for artificial lighting. These thermo-regulating architectural membranes are cost-effective and maintenance-free.
For other applications of PCM in building materials, please see roof application.