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Ceiling heating and cooling

Thermally Active Building Systems (TABS)

TABS-Innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient

Uponor TABS uses the thermal mass of the concrete structure of a building by installing pipes which can transport heating and cooling water. Ceilings, floor and walls will be used for cooling and contributing to the heating of the building. The inserted pipes utilize the concrete mass to store and exchange thermal energy.

Uponor TABS is not an air-conditioning system and does not replace a proper ventilation system. But as basic loads can be handled, Uponor TABS reduces the conventional fresh air systems to a hygienic health-based minimum and enables a perfect and productive indoor climate. It is invisible, noiseless and without any draught. The operating temperature of the system is close to the ambient temperature. Thus, the Uponor TABS can be ideally combined with renewable energy sources.

Uponor TABS extends concrete surface activation to include a "thermal socket" that enables cooling/heating and/or peak load elements to be suspended directly from the concrete ceiling. The system has an automatic locking device. This means that additional suspended elements can be connected at a later point without having to drain the system first. TABS is installed directly on the formwork for the floor slab and is concreted in along with the distribution lines.

In conclusion, the Uponor TABS is cost efficient due to lower investment, maintenance costs and low life cycle cost. Savings can be achieved during the construction phase and during the service lifetime of the building - a contribution to sustainability.
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Uponor TABS in a nutshell

  • Low investment costs
  • Optimal usage of renewable energy sources   
  • Compliant with sustainable certificates for buildings e.g. from LEED, BREEAM and DGNB
  • Almost maintenance free components
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Uponor TABS in a nutshell

  • Keeping in reserve additional thermal energy
  • Flexibility when changing the room or use of the room afterwards/more reliable planning
  • Start up without emptying the plant

Useful TABS resources

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TABS Brochure

Learn more about our TABS heating and cooling system

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 TABS vs. other HVAC

Uponor TABS cost comparison brochure

See how Uponor TABS can reduce your lifecycle costs in comparison to other HVAC systems

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Dudley College

Uponor UK supplied TABS to Dudley College

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