pyranometer deployed in a sunspace

Alexandra Rempel, Ph.D., M.Arch.
Building Scientist

Passive solar heating, shading, evaporative cooling, natural ventilation, and thermal mass offer durable, climate-responsive pathways to thermal comfort and delight. Passive design guidelines reflect current understanding of solar, climate, and materials science only partly, however, and have not been rigorously tested with contemporary field instruments and new computational tools. Energy consumption is a central concern of architectural practice, and passive strategies offer ultra low-energy solutions; the goal of my work is to bring passive heating and cooling design into sync with current energy science.