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  • PASSIVE SOLAR FLOOR TILES, PHASE CHANGE - CONTENTS: use of phase-change floor tiles for passive solar slab design. Sol-Ar-Tile, polymer-resin concrete tiles for floors & ceilings using Colloidal Materials' pouches. Solar Age Magazine Articles on Renewable Energy, Energy Savings, Construction Practices
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Passive solar floor heating using phase change floor tiles:

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Passive Solar Floor Tile Choices - Phase-Change Tiles

Accompanying text are reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss. Our page top photograph shows a horrible radiant floor slab insulation scheme installed by a Minnesota contractor - this radiant floor system never worked because the tubing was placed too deep in the concrete slab and the insulation system was incomplete.

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The question-and-answer article below paraphrases, quotes-from, updates, and comments an original article from Solar Age Magazine and written by Steven Bliss.

Question:

A few years ago I read about floor tiles with phase-change salts inside their hollow cores for use over thermal-mass slabs in passive solar heating designed homes. An upcoming project I'm involved in could benefit from such a project. Could you please supply me with information on suppliers or manufacturers of phase-change floor tiles for use over insulated slabs? -- Gary Higgins, North Windham ME

Answer:

We mentioned Sol-Ar-Tile™ in Solar Age articles in February 1982 (p.40), and May 1983 (p. 69).

The manufacturer, Ar-Lite Panelcraft Inc., (formerly Architectural Research Corp.), uses Colloidal Material's pouches in polymer resin concrete tiles for floors and ceilings.

Penwalt Corp. produces and packages phase-change materials that can be embedded in floors, ceilings, and walls.

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The question-and-answer article about use of phase-change materials in passive solar house design, quotes-from, updates, and comments an original article from Solar Age Magazine and written by Steven Bliss.

The link to the original Q&A article in PDF form immediately below is followed by an expanded/updated online version of this article.

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