Forrest Meggers featured in new book: "Future City Architecture for Optimal Living"


Assistant Professor Forrest Meggers is featured in the new book Future City Architecture for Optimal Living edited by Stamatina Th. Rassia and Panos M. Pardalos (Springer, 2015). 

Meggers' chapter, "Hidden Surface Effects: Radiant Temperature as an Urban and Architectural Comfort Culprit," considers how heat moves between surfaces in buildings.  Abstract below:  

The movement of heat throughout our built environment by transmission of radiation between surfaces is often overlooked in the operation, performance and comfort of buildings. The temperature of a surface determines the amount of blackbody radiation it will emit, and thus controls the radiant exchange of heat in the environment. The heat exchange by radiation is important for systems, and can dramatically influence the energy efficiency and the perceived comfort of a building. We discuss the physical mechanisms for measuring and understanding the heat transfer by radiation in buildings as well as the important connections to system performance and operation. The historical perspective on comfort, operation and radiation is discussed. Finally, some novel concepts that take advantage of an understanding of radiant heat transfer potential are explored.