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American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2015, 3(4), 105-114
DOI: 10.12691/ajme-3-4-1
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Design of a Thermally Homeostatic Building and Modeling of Its Natural Radiant Cooling Using Cooling Tower

Peizheng Ma1, , Lin-Shu Wang1 and Nianhua Guo2

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, United States

2Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, United States

Pub. Date: July 20, 2015

Cite this paper:
Peizheng Ma, Lin-Shu Wang and Nianhua Guo. Design of a Thermally Homeostatic Building and Modeling of Its Natural Radiant Cooling Using Cooling Tower. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2015; 3(4):105-114. doi: 10.12691/ajme-3-4-1


Thermal Homeostasis in Buildings (THiB) is a new concept consisting of two steps: thermal autonomy (architectural homeostasis) and thermal homeostasis (mechanical homeostasis). The first step is based on the architectural requirement of a building’s envelope and its thermal mass, while the second one is based on the engineering requirement of hydronic equipment. Previous studies of homeostatic building were limited to a TABS-equipped single room in a commercial building. Here we investigate the possibility of thermal homeostasis in a small TABS-equipped building, and focus on the possibility of natural summer cooling in Paso Robles, CA, by using cooling tower alone. By showing the viability of natural cooling in one special case, albeit a case in one of the most favorable locations climatically, a case is made that the use of cooling tower in thermally homeostatic buildings should not be overlooked for general application in wider regions of other climatic zones.

thermally homeostatic building building design building energy modeling TABS cooling tower hydronic radiant cooling small commercial building

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