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Thermal mass

Thermal massHistorically, buildings designed to take advantage of fabric energy storage (FES) or thermal mass, were specifically designed to be 'heavy'.

This has proved to be a wasteful and unnecessary practice. Optimum levels of FES can be achieved in relatively light, structurally efficient buildings that consume fewer resources. Steel-framed buildings with floor slabs of 75-100mm thickness can be designed to take maximum advantage of FES.

(Source Braham, D. et al. Building Research Establishment Digest 454, Part 1: Thermal mass in office buildings, an introduction)