Thermally Active Surfaces: Physiology and Thermodynamics

Dec 01, 2008

This research focuses on thermally active surfaces and structures. In this transformation of energy and building practices, the hydronic thermal conditioning of a building is decoupled from the ventilation system, using the mass of the building itself as the primary thermal system. This approach reinvests the fabric of the building itself with a more a poignant role: the structure is the primary mechanical system. The basic physiological and thermodynamic principles of this approach are presented in this paper, followed by an example of these principles in practice.

Kiel Moe (Northeastern University)
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The American Institute of Architects

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