FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

BioPCM® is made from sustainably-sourced, renewable, plant-based by-products.

BioPCM® is 100% recyclable.

BioPCM® is 100% biodegradable.

Phase Change Solutions develops, engineers and manufactures BioPCM® solutions for a variety of industries and applications. These include construction, thermal storage, cold chain, food delivery, healthcare, agriculture and custom solutions for specific applications.

Latent heat is thermal energy which is absorbed or released when a material changes phases.

Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store thermal energy (heat). High-density materials, like concrete, brick or tile, have a high thermal mass and require a great amount of heat to change temperatures. Light weight material, such as timber, has a lower thermal mass. At the target temperature, the BioPCM within a one inch thick ENRG Blanket will store as much heat as an 24 inch thick block of concrete of equal footprint.

BioPCM® is “smart” thermal mass. It is capable of absorbing thermal energy at a specific design temperature and releasing it at the same temperature range. This allows it to buffer or control internal building temperatures intelligently. Because the transition temperature of BioPCM® can be controlled, it impacts the energy consumption of an HVAC system by reducing cycling and system run times, thus saving energy.

“Q” value is the transition temperature of the material stated in Celsius. For example, Q23 has a transition temperature of 23ºC.

“M” value is the thermal storage capacity of the material. It is based on BTU/sq.ft. For example, M27 = 27BTU/sq.ft. of material and M51 = 51BTU/sq.ft. of material.

Application

ENRG Blanket® can be installed in a variety of locations in a building (Ceilings, Walls, Flooring, Roofs, Etc.). Most are simple and do not require a professional installer. However, if needed, Phase Change Solutions has a network of professional installers to support your installation requirements.

In a ducted return with insulation on top of the ceiling tile, ENRG Blanket® should be installed between the insulation and the ceiling tile to interact with the occupied space. Please call our sales department at 800-283-7887 to discuss your application, or you can e-mail us at info@phasechange.com.

Phase Change Solutions can provide a custom installation plan based on your building’s specific needs. Please call our sales department at 800-283-7887 to discuss your application, or you can e-mail us at info@phasechange.com.

In a typical drop ceiling retrofit, ENRG Blanket® can be installed at a rate of 1,000 sq.ft./hr. by a four person crew with two ladders. Installation in new construction varies with the design of the walls and ceilings.

Phase Change Solutions can provide a custom installation plan based on your building’s specific needs. Please call our sales department at 800-283-7887 to discuss your application, or you can e-mail us at info@phasechange.com.

Most drop ceiling applications require between 65 and 85% coverage. Optimizing the amount of the material requires analysis of the building, weather data and operational characteristics of the HVAC system. We can review your building/space requirements and make a recommendation based on your specific needs.

Performance

BioPCM® is a bio-based PCM and non-corrosive. Care should be used in selecting PCMs for building applications as salt-based PCM materials may present a corrosion hazard.

BioPCM® has undergone accelerated life-cycle tests, resulting in 100+ years with little to no degradation in performance.

ENRG Blanket® does not need any maintenance. Just install and enjoy the many benefits ENRG Blanket® has to offer.

ENRG Blanket® works in all kinds of buildings. Please contact our sales department at 800-283-7883 to discuss your application.

Based on multiple building tests, there is no difference in performance between ducted and plenum return systems.

Safety

BioPCM is 100% recyclable.

BioPCM® has been tested for rodent attraction. As a result, we found rodents are not attracted to the material as a food source. If needed, Phase Change Solutions can provide a copy of our testing. Please call us at 800-283-7887 to discuss.

ENRG Blanket® is produced in 3 fire class ratings to meet your local building codes. Class A, Class C, and Plenum ratings. Care should be used in selecting PCMs for building applications as other PCM materials are paraffin based and have a higher risk of flammability.

Since ENRG Blanket® simply lays on your drop ceiling tiles, you only need to move it to the side to perform service or maintenance on fixtures and equipment above the ceiling. Once the service is complete, you carefully reposition the ENRG Blanket® where it was prior to service. Caution should be used when handling the ENRG Blanket® to make sure it is not punctured or damaged.

While the material is non-toxic, it can leak in the gelled state if the ENRG Blanket® is punctured. Care should be taken to handle the material properly and avoid puncture or other damage.