Trend Watch: “Thermal Comfort” Demand Grows

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As the demand for thermal comfort grows, so does the urgent need for energy-efficient materials and solutions.

A new study shows significant variations in climate, economic power, building traditions and public perception/attitude towards climate change have resulted in vastly different adoption rates of energy-efficient building materials and technologies in countries around the world. Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of new buildings in Europe have been reduced dramatically as a result of a coherent energy policy, the enforcement of strict building codes, and the adoption of more energy-efficient technologies. In contrast, different perceptions of the risks of climate change in the United States have resulted in a less coherent energy policy and less stringent building codes, according to a report published in MRS Energy & Sustainability.

The scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology argue that increasing demands for “thermal comfort” from the flourishing middle classes in countries like China, Brazil and India could pose an enormous global challenge. Technologies that improve energy efficiency – such as improvements in building envelope, controls, HVAC, insulation materials and products, window and solar transmittance controls, among others – will need to be overwhelmingly adopted to meet demand.

Read the full article on what this means for the growth of the energy efficient products market by Jennifer Hermes.