Building physics – Thermal activated floors

The heating and cooling of buildings consumes a large part of the total energy used in our society. Concrete has an essential role to play in the decrease of energy consumption for heating and cooling, mainly through its ability to absorb and later release large amounts of heat, and therefore minimise temperature fluctuations. This results in a building that is more comfortable and healthier to live in, both in winter and summer. This ability to function as a structural element while providing thermal mass makes concrete an extremely important construction material.
The ClimaDeck system developed by the ECHO Group, is based on the storage of thermal energy in the mass of precast hollow core floors. Water pipes are embedded in the hollow core floor units during casting of the slabs. The system works on a 24 hour basis, and is used both for heating and cooling of building spaces