for a balanced indoor climate.
Phase-change material PCM as latent heat storage
Phase-change material (PCM) is able to soak up large quantities of thermal energy and retain it for long periods of time with very little loss.This is made possible by high-quality paraffins which change physicalstate between solid and liquid: when they melt upon reaching a particular temperature, they absorb the resulting thermal energy (heat of fusion),which is then released again upon solidifying. This phase transition canbe repeated as many times as required.
Plasterboard as a natural thermostat
The innovative Alba®balance plasterboard construction material containsspecially developed PCM microcapsules which change phase within humans’comfort zone (23°C or 26°C). If the room temperature exceeds these values,then the excess heat is absorbed by the boards. If the temperatures shoulddrop again, this heat is returned to the environment. This creates naturalregulation of the indoor climate – without the need for an external energysource.
Increased comfort all year round
Alba®balance plasterboards with PCM microcapsules ensure an evenroom temperature whatever the time of year – in summer and winter alike.This makes them an ideal panelling material for partition walls, wall liningsand claddings as well as for suspended ceilings. The fact that they do notsimply increase comfort but also reduce heating and cooling costs makesthem a worthwhile investment in building efficiency, environmentalprotection and quality of life.
According to a study conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), buildings are the cause of around 40% of all CO
emissions in industrial nations.Energy-efficient construction using Alba®balanceplasterboards thus makes an active contribution toclimate protection.