MICRO ENGINEERED CAPSULES OF WAX ARE ENABLING THE CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS THAT AUTOMATICALLY SELF-REGULATE THEIR OWN TEMPERATURE
A unique technology for producing highly uniform micro capsules developed by Micropore Technologies will enable the production of efficient new smart construction materials with what are described as ‘phase-change’ properties. When incorporated into walling or roofing, phase change materials or PCMs, as they are known, automatically respond to the extremes of temperature absorbing heat when the ambient temperature rises and emitting it back out when the surrounding temperature begins to fall.
These micro capsules, within the wall structure, melt when the temperature rises beyond a determined level, absorbing heat. When the temperature begins to cool, the material solidifies again emitting the latent stored heat. Testing has demonstrated that this melting and re-solidifying process can be repeated many, many thousands of times with an expected life expectancy of 30 years or more. Thus PCMs can offer significant long term savings in the energy used for climate control, with an attractive two year return on investment and the possibility of achieving a significantly reduction on the building’s environmental footprint.