Presentation Title

Biomorphic Micro-Cooling Devices

Faculty Mentor

Pablo La Roche

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

201

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

The increasing demand for indoor cooling in hot and dry climates has pushed for sustainable building design strategies that mitigate excess heat gain in urban spaces as a result of climate change. Green roofs have well-known benefits such as reintroducing green spaces into urban cityscapes, providing CO2 sequestration, and reducing runoff, pollution burdens, and the urban heat island effect. The array of benefits that green roofs provide for a building’s microclimate are strongly dependent on its effective usage of water stemming from rainfall events and/or supplemental irrigation which promote a healthy vegetative cover.

Gaining insight from the natural world through experimentation, the authors are developing biomorphic micro-cooling devices (MCD) to increase the cooling effect of green roofs. These cooling devices are inspired by nature and designed to collect and disperse water droplets after rainfall events. Our devices utilize these strategies to achieve maximum cooling of the air above and the spaces below with minimum water consumption. Different options are being tested on a radiant/evaporative green roof previously developed by one of the authors.

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Biomorphic Micro-Cooling Devices

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The increasing demand for indoor cooling in hot and dry climates has pushed for sustainable building design strategies that mitigate excess heat gain in urban spaces as a result of climate change. Green roofs have well-known benefits such as reintroducing green spaces into urban cityscapes, providing CO2 sequestration, and reducing runoff, pollution burdens, and the urban heat island effect. The array of benefits that green roofs provide for a building’s microclimate are strongly dependent on its effective usage of water stemming from rainfall events and/or supplemental irrigation which promote a healthy vegetative cover.

Gaining insight from the natural world through experimentation, the authors are developing biomorphic micro-cooling devices (MCD) to increase the cooling effect of green roofs. These cooling devices are inspired by nature and designed to collect and disperse water droplets after rainfall events. Our devices utilize these strategies to achieve maximum cooling of the air above and the spaces below with minimum water consumption. Different options are being tested on a radiant/evaporative green roof previously developed by one of the authors.