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Cooling without Air Conditioning: Membrane-Assisted Radiant Cooling for Expanding Thermal Comfort Zones Globally

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posted on 2020-03-29, 01:05 authored by Eric TeitelbaumEric Teitelbaum, Adam Rysanek, Jovan Pantelic, Dorit Aviv, Lea Ruefenacht, Megan Teitelbaum, Forrest Meggers, Kipp Bradford, Kian Wee Chen, Denon Sheppard
In this paper, we present results from a world-first radiant cooling pavilion, demonstrating a method of cooling people without cooling the air. Instead, surfaces are chilled and thermal radiation is used to keep people cool. A thermally-transparent membrane is used to prevent unwanted air cooling and condensation, a required precursor to deploying radiant cooling panels without humidity control in tropical environments. The results from this thermal comfort study demonstrate the ability to keep people comfortable with radiation in warm air, a paradigm shifting approach to thermal comfort that may help curb global cooling demand projections.


This project was funded by the Na- 479 tional Research Foundation IntraCREATE Grant No. NRF2016- 480 ITC001-005 [Pantelic and Rysanek]


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