Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture

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In the architecture profession's ongoing quest for sustainability, it is often the most fundamental practices that require rethinking. Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture, the groundbreaking new study by 2009 Rome Prize-winning architect Kiel Moe, argues that water, with its higher density, is far better at capturing and channeling energy than air. By separating the heating and cooling of a building from its ventilation, the building's structure itself becomes the primary thermal system. This transformation...
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In the architecture profession's ongoing quest for sustainability, it is often the most fundamental practices that require rethinking. Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture, the groundbreaking new study by 2009 Rome Prize-winning architect Kiel Moe, argues that water, with its higher density, is far better at capturing and channeling energy than air. By separating the heating and cooling of a building from its ventilation, the building's structure itself becomes the primary thermal system. This transformation of energy and building practices triggers a cascading set of possibilities for a building's health, structure, and durability. The first and only book of its kind, Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture details ten contemporary case studies, from some of today's most innovative architects.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568988801
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    This Architect Gets It!

    Don't get me wrong - I LOVE architects! As a Professional Engineer I get to work with them each day. But this is an excellent book written by an architect on a topic typically relegated to engineers and he has done a better job of communicating his topic than just about anyone I've read.

    If you are interested in the Built Environment and want to understand where forward-looking architects and engineers will be leading us in building design for the next several decades, read this book. As a member of the building design industry I believe that we have finally reached a point where the concepts presented herein will start to be accepted by the marketplace.

    Excellent research in his facts, wonder graphics, great case studies - it's all here.

    This one belongs in your library!

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