Forrest Meggers

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Dr. Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor
School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Affiliated faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. sc. ETH Zurich, Dept. of Architecture, Inst. for Technology in Architecture, Building Systems
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa

Architecture Building S03 (basement)
office: 609-258-7831
email: fmeggers at

Forrest Meggers came to the School in 2013 from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory.  His fields of knowledge include building systems design and integration; sustainable systems; renewable energy; optimization of energy systems; exergy analysis; geothermal; seasonal energy storage; low temp hybrid solar; building materials; thermodynamics and heat transfer; and heat pumps. He was previously Assistant Professor in the School of Design and Environment, Department of Architecture at the NUS. He went to Singapore as a Senior Researcher to develop new low exergy building systems for the tropics where as Module Coordinator he led the research of 5 PhD students and built and transported a novel building laboratory, BubbleZERO from Zurich to Singapore.  Previously in Zurich, Switzerland he worked as a Researcher for the Building Systems Group at the ETH Zurich and directed research on sustainable systems for the president of the ETH Board. Originally a native of Iowa, Forrest worked on many sustainability projects at the University of Iowa, and worked with Jim Hansen, renowned climatologist at Colombia University and director of NASA GISS, as a Researcher on US Building Stock CO2 emissions. His recent publications include "Reduce CO2," and "EOL, COP, PVT, TABS, and LowEx," In Re-inventing Construction. (Ruby Press, Berlin 2010); “The Reference Environment: Utilizing Exergy and Anergy for Buildings,” International Journal of Exergy. 11(4) 2012; “An Innovative Use of Renewable Ground Heat for Insulation in Low Exergy Building Systems,” Energies 2012, 5(8); “Low exergy building system implementation,” Energy, 2012 41(1); and over 20 conference papers.  Meggers presented the keynote address “The Hidden Potential: through green building to sustainable nation” at the launch of the Green Building Council Indonesia in Jakarta, and has served on several committees for the USGBC.

Current research areas:

  • Building systems thinking - linking operation of energy systems and buiding operation to architectural processes to facilitae more informed design (3 for 2 project, BubbleZERO, IEA EBC Annex 64)
  • Radiant heating and cooling systems - Activating surfaces and geometries to add/remove heat from spaces through more effective/comfortable radiant heat transfer (Beyond Shading, Thermoheliodome, Radiant Umbrella)
  • Geothermal and heat source/sink optimization - Leveraging thermal gradients in ground and other phenomena to drastically reduce the effort needed to shift heat in and out of buildings (IEA EBC Annex 64, Campus as a Lab)
  • Low exergy air conditioning - Designing and studying air systmem that minimize temperature gradients and exergy (utilizable energy) needed to condition air, particularly for dehuidification (Dessicant systems, Campus as a Lab)