The University of Washington Molecular Engineering and Sciences (UW MolES) building, located in Seattle, is a cutting-edge research facility housing laboratories and support spaces on multiple floors. In 2014, ZGF Architects was on the cutting edge of using phase change materials with installation of the technology on the first phase of this building.
In late 2016, Infinite-R™ was specified and used to be installed in Phase 2 of the building as a remarkable improvement over the first generation phase change materials commonly used back in 2014. The result was a lower cost, with improved thermal absorption capacity and far greater flame spread characteristics over older PCM technologies.
In this phase, as total of 18,000sf of Infinite-R™ was strategically installed in walls throughout the building to provide natural cooling and heating performance that compliments and already high performance building.
- PCM installed in walls at occupant level to maximize comfort benefit as well as energy benefits.
- Absorbs heat during hot days to mitigate use of air conditioning, while leveraging the innovative uses of natural ventilation cooling already in place.
Location: Seattle, WA
Install Date: 2016
Quantity of PCM: 18,000sf
Location Installed: Walls – multiple floors