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KEY CONSIDERATIONS IN INCORPORATING THERMAL MASS INTO THE DESIGN OF A BUILDING:

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Envelope design - solar control in summer, insulation and airtightness in winter

Internal heat gains - electric lighting, local extract, grouping heat sources

Operation period - effect of total gains on overheating

Ventilation (day and night) - natural, mechanical, mixed mode

Thermal mass element - access and capacity

Control of night cooling - avoid overcooling

Evaluation - methods, performance criteria

Acoustics - integration of acoustic treatment, flanking transmission for open ceilings

Lighting, sprinklers and smoke detectors - integration, surface profiling impact on flow of natural light, soffit finish for uplighting

Flexibility - layout/partitioning re air movement and integration with lighting/profiling

Problem areas - top floors with lightweight roof, corner offices with high gains

Upgrade strategies - allowances for additional future services

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