All posts by Forrest Meggers

Embodied Energy Pilot Project @ Ideas City

Prof Meggers provided some informal insights and direction to David Benjamin in this project that was presented at the IDEAS CITY event at the New Museum in New York City

The Embodied Energy Pilot Project—led by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and operating out of the GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC—aims to uncover key questions, issues, and opportunities for architectural design in the context of embodied energy.

This exhibition for IDEAS CITY will feature two large drawings for the glass facade of the New Museum: a zoomed-out embodied energy map of New York City buildings, and a zoomed-in embodied energy view of the intersection of the Bowery and Houston Street.

New York Times thermal imaging article

The NY Times ran an interesting article on thermal imaging, a tool we use in our research to study how heat moves in and out of surfaces. It gives a nice overview of the technology, as well as some interesting application and business models (like

Princeton CHAOS Lab Website

Welcome to the new Princeton CHAOS Lab website!

Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems

Research Group of Dr. Forrest Meggers,
Asst. Prof. at the School of Architecture &
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

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Passive Radiant cooling surface material Nature Paper (Fan @ Stanford)

The group fo Shanhui Fan published a paper in Nature, “Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight.” I demonstrates how a nanostructured surface and shift the wavelength of radiant emission into a band where the atmosphere is transparent, greatly increasing the thermal gradient and cooling potential by radiating to the sky. They were able to cool the surface to 4.9 degrees C below the ambient air temperature in sunlit conditions.


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