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Climate-control ceilings made from metal – economical comfort

Conventional air-conditioning systems that work on the principle of air circulation have to suck in and blow out large quantities of air for cooling. This cold draught is unpleasant and removes a great deal of moisture from the room, which causes our mucous membranes to dry out. Large quantities of bacteria are also spread throughout the building. This ‘sick building syndrome’ significantly increases the occurrence of illness. Things are completely different with an climate-control ceiling from MCI. This works based on a very different principle: radiation.

Climate-control ceilings - cooling and warming without a draught

The MCI climate-control ceiling works using the principle of radiation. In summer, it removes warmth from the room using pleasant radiant cooling. In winter, the ceiling acts like a tiled stove and dispenses heat energy directly to people and surrounding surfaces.

Viewed from below, an climate-control ceiling panel (active element) looks like any comparable panel without the climate-control function (passive element). Its interior is the only thing that differs: copper meanders pressed into aluminium heat-conducting profiles transport cold water and use the ceiling panel as a heat exchanger that absorbs the heat from the room and transfers it to the circulating cooling water. The cooling water warmed in this way passes into a closed loop system, then into a cooling unit, which then cools it back down to the necessary temperature.

The same ceiling works as a heating ceiling in winter. This works in the opposite way, but is just as economical and comfortable: e.g. using a reversible heating pump system, warm water is circulated through the ceiling at a low temperature and thus warms the room. The low flow temperature, as an example of radiant panel heating, means that there are no hot heads or cold feet, but instead a comfortable temperature distribution.

The simple rule is: if the climate-control ceiling cools sufficiently in summer, then it will normally also manage to heat the rooms in winter.

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A high-performance design product  with the lowest consumption

Metal ceilings are by far the most high-performance climate-control ceilings with a cooling capacity of up to 120 watts/m². They also reduce energy costs by up to 50% compared with standard air circulation systems. After all, water is a significantly better heat conductor than air. What’s more, metal ceilings are designer products with stylish, elegant surface finishes and excellent acoustic properties.

Cooling ceilings and heating ceilings currently fulfil people’s need to ensure a pleasant indoor climate while also operating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings.

The most important advantages

  • Climate-control ceilings radiate coldness/warmth into the room without any air movement and noise
  • Improved room acoustics thanks to possible perforation designs
  • No transportation of bacteria due to low air circulation
  • Significantly lower energy costs (up to 50%), as water is a better conductor than air
  • Low installation height (approx. 15 cm), thus ideal for retrofitting (e.g. renovations)
  • Minimal maintenance costs due to closed water circulation
  • Cooling and heating as well as a suspended ceiling in one product

Accurately designed with permanent access

All of the supply pipes and the building and media equipment can be housed in the ceiling void. The hinged ceiling panels enable permanent access, since they hang from the ceiling in an open state. Our climate-control ceilings are installed by specialist companies according to the specifications of the building equipment designer. The ceiling systems can be fitted with lighting, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, etc.

Prefabrication takes place in such a way that dimensional tolerances can be implemented without cutting. The ceiling systems and construction parts are manufactured individually for each construction project.

With our B+M Consulting Division we provide architects with detailed advice as to how to use climate-control ceilings.